This is an Outaouais riding, with the Ottawa River as its southern boundary and the Gatineau River as its eastern boundary. The riding contains part of the City of Gatineau inside the former City of Gatineau limits. Kettle Island is also a part of riding.
The largest source of employment is government services and related industries, along with retail trade and other services. The average family income is $66,102 and unemployment is 4.8 per cent.
Almost six per cent of the population cited English as their mother tongue and 88 per cent French. The total immigrant population is almost five per cent, with a significant Arabic population. In the 1995 referendum, 72 per cent of this riding voted against sovereignty.
In 2004, the former cities of Buckingham and Masson-Angers moved to
the neighbouring riding, pulling the boundaries back to the Gatineau
city limits. This riding was created in 1947 from the ridings of
Wright and Hull. In 1986, the name changed to Gatineau-La Lièvre.
The 1996 redistribution kept 84 per cent of the riding and changed
the name back to Gatineau.
The Liberals held on to the riding in 2004, with a narrow win for
Françoise Boivin over the BQ's Richard Nadeau. In 2000, Liberal
Mark Assad defeated Nadeau to win his fourth term of office.
Both Wright and Hull, from which Gatineau was created, were Liberal from 1917. Liberal Gaston Isabelle, who was elected here in 1965, ran in Hull in 1968. Liberal Gaston Clermont won three terms, beginning in 1968, and another Liberal, René Cousineau, won in 1979 and in 1980. When Progressive Conservative Claudy Mailly defeated Cousineau in 1984, it was the first Conservative win in the riding.
1949-80 inclusive - LIB
1984 - PC
Since 1988 - LIB
Party: Bloc Québécois
Education: Holds degrees in history, political science and education from the University of Ottawa
Career background: Taught in Qué and Eastern Ontario in the 1990s; worked as an adviser and director of
educational programs and as a researcher and archivist
Community activities: He was an activist and lobbyist for French education and was involved in community theatre in Saskatchewan
Federal: Defeated in Gatineau in 2004
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: He holds a Bachelor's degree in political science and social science from the University of Ottawa.
He is currently working to obtain a Bachelor's degree in civil law.
Career Background: He has been working as a political research consultant and
co-founded a company specializing in the promotion of special events. He has also worked in the federal public service.
Community Activities: He is involved with his community's amateur sports teams.
Telephone: (613) 277-8944
Party: Green Party of Canada
Marital Status: Married
Career Background: She works as a sales representative for the Ontario Natural Food Co-op.
Federal: Defeated in Hull-Alymer in three elections
Telephone: (819) 985-1818
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: Degree in social sciences from the University of Ottawa and a degree in civil law from Quebec
Career background: She has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1984.
She taught and was in charge of the negotiation sector at the Québec Bar training school. In September 1998, she hosted a public affairs program on CJRC-1150. She was subsequently asked to host a number of other programs and to prepare reports for CJRC-1150 and for Canal Vox. In 2000, she returned to the legal practice and set up her own firm where she works mainly in the area of labour law.
Community activities: She has been involved with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Outaouais Alzheimer's Society and the Foundation for Heart Disease (Outaouais). She has also worked with various support and network agencies helping women.
Federal: Elected in Gatineau in 2004
Committee: President Liberal Womens Caucus,
Standing Committee on Finance 38th Parl., 1st Session.
Standing Committee on Official Languages 38th Parl., 1st Session.
Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs 38th Parl., 1st
Subcommittee on Parliamentary Privilege of the Standing Committee on
Procedure and House Affairs 38th Parl., 1st Session.
104-160 L'Hopital Blvd., Gatineau, Que.
Tel.: (819) 243-2226
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: Degree in political science, currently studying law at the University of Ottawa
Community Activities: Member of the Executive Committee of the Fond d'action et d'éducation juridique
de l'Université d'Ottawa, which offers legal services to women on their rights. Volunteered at the Canadian Memorial
commemorating the First and Second World Wars in France
Telephone: (613) 203-4331