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DISTRICT: Compton-Stanstead
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
France BonsantBQ2131642.77% X
Gary CaldwellCON1213124.34%
David PriceLIB1112622.32%
Stéphane BürgiNDP30996.22%
Gaétan PerreaultGRN21714.36%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 221 of 221 polls reporting


050 Compton-Stanstead

2006 Candidates:
BQ:France Bonsant (Incumbent)
CON:Gary Caldwell
GRN:Gaétan Perreault
LIB:David Price
NDP:Stéphane Bürgi


 Riding Map
This southern Quebec riding has the Canada-U.S. border as its southern and eastern boundary. In the west, it forms the southern, eastern and western boundaries of the Sherbrooke riding. The riding contains part of the city of Sherbrooke, the regional county municipalities of Coaticook and Le Haut-St-François, and part of Memphrémagog. The city of Stanstead, the villages of Ayer's Cliff and North Hatley and the municipalities of Hatley, Ogden, Ste-Catherine-de-Hatley and Stoke fall in the riding, as well as Hatley and Stanstead townships.

Industries in the riding include manufacturing, small business and agriculture.

According to the 2001 census, 13 per cent of the population have English as their mother tongue and 83 per cent are francophone. The average family income is $53,679 and unemployment is 6.3 per cent.

In 2004, seven per cent of Frontenac-Mégantic, three per cent of Richmond-Arthabaska and four per cent of Sherbrooke were added. The riding of Compton existed from 1867 to 1947 and 1966 to 1976. The riding of Mégantic-Compton-Stanstead was established in 1976. Compton-Stanstead was established in the 1996 redistribution from 68 per cent of Mégantic-Compton-Stanstead and 27 per cent of Richmond-Wolfe.

Population: 94,096

Political History
France Bonsant of the BQ won her first term as an MP by defeating Liberal incumbent David Price in 2004. In 2000, Price had defeated the Bloc Québécois's Gaston Leroux. Price was elected as a Progressive Conservative in 1997 in the newly created riding, but left the PC caucus and joined the Liberals in 2000.

Compton and Compton-Frontenac riding was Liberal from 1935 to 1957 inclusive and PC in 1958. Voters sent Social Credit and Ralliement Créditiste MPs to Ottawa in the 1960s and the 1972 election. In 1974, Liberal Claude Tessier was elected. He won in Mégantic-Compton-Stanstead in 1979 and 1980, but was defeated in 1984. PC François Gérin was elected in 1984 and 1988. Gérin quit the PC Caucus and was a founding member of the BQ in 1990. In 1993, BQ Maurice Bernier defeated Liberal Eugene Naylor in this riding.

1979, 1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993 - BQ
1997 - PC
2000 - LIB
2004 - BQ


France Bonsant

Party: Bloc Québécois

Birth Date: Aug. 18, 1952
Age: 53
Birthplace: Waterville, Que.

Education: Has taken courses in human resources, Universit� TELUQ (2003); courses in graphic design

Career Background: Assistant at Bell Canada (since 1976); Bell Canada representative, le Fonds des Oeuvres Communautaires des employés de Bell (since 1976)

Community Activities: Volunteer for Société SERABEC, participating in the aerial search for missing persons. Volunteer and organizer of a volleyball team for several years

Political History
Party: President of the executive in Compton-Stanstead riding; organizer for many election campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal levels
Municipal: Served as a municipal councillor from 1991 to 1999. Was director of the Police Board for seven years
Federal: Elected in Compton-Stanstead in 2004

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Member: Status of Women
Caucus: Deputy Human Resources and Skills Development critic

Riding Address:
203-1945 Belvédère Sud
Ascot, Que.
(819) 347-2598

Ottawa Address:
Room 441 Confed Bldg
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 995-0231

Gary Caldwell

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Education: Bachelor's degree from York University, Toronto and a master's degree from Laval University

Career Background: Teacher at Bishop's University and researcher at the Institut québécois de recherche sur la culture for nine years. President and CEO of Caldwell Bio Fermentation Canada Inc. since 1998. Writes for many magazines, and in 2001 published La culture publique commune: Les règles du jeu de la vie publique au Québec et les fondements de ces règles (Nota Bene). Working on a new literary piece, The Shared Public Culture in Canada. Has been president of a caisse populaire (credit union), and school board commissioner

Political History
Municipal: Former City councillor
Federal: Defeated in Compston-Stanstead in 2004

Gaétan Perreault

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Campaign Office:(819) 565-1034

David Price

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth Date: June 2, 1945
Age: 60
Birthplace: Sherbrooke, Que.

Education: Diploma from Corp of Master Electricians of Quebec. Certificates in business administration and electric heating from Master Electrician Development Institute

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Helga
Children: Kevin

Career Background: Electrician by trade. President of Price Electrique Inc. since 1964. Former member of the Sherbrooke Air Cadets and later went on to become a member of the Sherbrooke Regiment/Sherbrooke Hussars Army Reserve Unit from 1959 to 1965

Community Activities: Member of Compton Fishing Club; Quebec Water Quality Association; Lennoxville Optimist Club; Eastern Townships Agricultural Association. Founding vice-president of Lennox-Ascot Chamber of Commerce; Sherbrooke Geriatric Institute. Past president of Corps of Master Electricians

Political History
Party: Executive member of PC Association in Sherbrooke
Provincial: Served as councillor in Lennoxville from 1989 to 93; mayor from 1993 to 1997
Federal: Elected as PC in Compton-Stanstead in 1997; won as Liberal in 2000. Defeated as a Liberal in Compton-Stanstead in 2004

Political History
Parliamentary Secretary: Worked for the Minister of National Defence with special emphasis on the Role of the Reserves in 2003
Committee: Former chair of Defence and Security sub-committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities. Former vice-chair of National Defence and Veterans Affairs. Former member of Citizenship and Immigration; Environment and Sustainable Development; sub-committee on Private Members' Business; Special Joint Committee to amend Section 93 of the Constitution Act, 1867 concerning the Quebec School System; joint committee on the Library of Parliament Member: National Defence and Veterans Affairs
Caucus: Caucus: PC defence critic, Question Period co-ordinator (1997). PC Citizenship and Immigration critic (1999-2000). Joined Liberal Party in September 2000; now member of Liberal Rural Caucus

Riding Address:
1-4777 boul Bourque
Rock Forest, Que.
(819) 573-5200

Campaign Office:

Ottawa Address:
Room 158 Confed
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 995-2024

Stéphane Bürgi

Party: New Democratic Party

Birthplace: Switzerland

Education: Studied natural science. Plans to study Physics at the Universit� de Sherbrooke

Community Activities: Actively engaged in Greenpeace

Campaign Office:

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