This riding is located in the heart of Quebec. Rivière-St-François runs through the riding, separating north from south. The riding contains the regional county municipality of Drummond, with the main population centres of Drummondville, Notre-Dame-Du-Bon-Conseil and St-Charles-de-Drummond.
The industries in this riding include manufacturing, the service sector and agriculture.
Almost 96 per cent of the population cited French as their mother tongue. The total immigrant population is just under two per cent. The average family income is $51,028 and the unemployment rate is 8.1 per cent.
In the redistribution of 2004, only minor changes were made to the boundaries. This riding was established in 1966. The 1996 redistribution kept 94 per cent of the riding.
In 2004, Bloc Québécois candidate Pauline Picard easily defeated
Liberal Roger Gougeon to win a fourth term.
The former Drummond-Arthabaska riding was Liberal from 1887, except for two wins by Social Credit in 1962 and 1972. In 1963 and 1965, Liberal Jean-Luc Pépin was elected in that riding. In 1968, he became MP for the newly formed Drummond riding. Pépin had several portfolios, including Industry, Energy and External Relations, under prime ministers Pearson and Trudeau.
In 1972, Social Credit's Jean-Marie Boisvert defeated Pépin. Boisvert
was defeated in 1974 by Liberal Yvon Pinard who went on to win
two more terms. He was appointed president of the Privy Council
and government House leader in 1980. He resigned in 1984 and
was appointed a judge of the Federal Court, trial division. Progressive
Conservative Jean-Guy Guilbault won in 1984 and 1988 but was defeated
1968 - LIB
1972 - SC
1974, 1979, 1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: April 27, 1947
Birthplace: Saint-Gabriel, Que.
Education: Courses in administration and psychology at the University of Quebec, Trois-Rivières. Courses in classical Latin at College Marie-de-la- Présentation, Drummondville
Children: Katia, Marie-Eve
Career background: Financial adviser, St-Pierre de Drummondville Caisse Populaire (1967-80). Adviser and administrative assistant in research of jobs for women, Partance, an extension of Human Resources Canada (1986-93)
Community activities: Administrator-treasurer, Maison des Femmes (1987-89). Director-treasurer, board of directors, Club Administration Industrielle, Drummondville chapter (1990). Various committees for the Drummondville World Folklore Festival and the Drummondville 175th-anniversary celebrations (1990-92). Co-ordinator, head of the protocol committee and adviser on the Industrial Exhibition during the Semaine de l'Olympiade (1990)
Party: Treasurer of the PQ in Drummond, 1990-92. Regional representative on the PQ Women's National Political Action Committee. Director of NO committee in Drummond in 1992
Federal: Elected in Drummond in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004
Committee: Former vice-chair of Health. Former member of Health, Citizenship and Immigration, and Finance. Member of Justice, Human Rights, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Caucus: Former critic for Health (1993-99); International Co-operation and International Francophonie (1999). Former deputy Finance critic (2000-04). Deputy critic for Intergovernmental Affairs and Indian Affairs since 2002. First vice-president of BQ caucus since 2002
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Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Studied plumbing at the École technique de Montréal.
Profession: Retired plumber
Career Background: Has worked as a plumber
Community Activities: Member of the Golden Age club
Party: Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: March 10, 1987
Birthplace: Drummondville, Que.
Education: Student at the Cegep of Drummondville in Human Sciences, administrative profile
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birthplace: Sainte-Brigitte-des-Saults, Que.
Marital Status: Married
Career Background: Has been responsible for various duties as a sales representative and manager at Ferme Constant Cardinal, a family business. Start a sanitary products business. Operated own cotton importing firm. Foreman for Les C�dres de Beauce.
Community Activities: On the regional advisory committee that will support the Central Quebec Youth Forum.
Party: New Democratic Party
Provincial: Defeated in Saint-Hyacinthe in 2003