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DISTRICT: Haute-Gaspésie-La Mitis-Matane-Matapédia
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Jean-Yves RoyBQ1572146.04% X
Rodrigue DrapeauCON1015729.75%
Kim LeclercLIB446313.07%
Stéphane RicardNDP21166.2%
Sarah DesjardinsGRN9102.67%
Yvan CôtéIND7782.28%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 203 of 203 polls reporting


054 Haute-Gasp�sie-La Mitis-Matane-Matap�dia

2006 Candidates:
BQ:Jean-Yves Roy (Incumbent)
CON:Rodrique Drapeau
GRN:Sarah Desjardins
IND:Yvan Côté
LIB:Kim Leclerc
NDP:Stéphane Ricard


 Riding Map
This is a mostly rural riding located on the northern side of the Gaspé Peninsula. It is bordered on the north by the St. Lawrence River and touches on New Brunswick in the southeast corner. The riding contains the regional county municipalities of La Haute-Gaspésie, La Matapédia, Matane and La Mitis.

The industries include manufacturing, service sector, forestry, agriculture and tourism.This riding has one of lowest average family incomes in Canada at $43,570 and an unemployment rate of 19.5 per cent.

According to the 2001 census, the total immigrant population is only 0.41 per cent. Almost 97 per cent of the population cited French as a mother tongue, while only 0.39 per cent were anglophone. Almost 20 per cent of the population has less than a Grade 9 education.

In 2004, the southwest section of Avignon was moved to the neighbouring ridings and 27 per cent of Rimouski-Neigette-et-la-Mitis has been added in the west. This riding was Matapédia-Matane from 1933 to 1966, Matane from 1966 to 1976, and recreated again as Matapédia-Matane in 1976 from 62 per cent of Matane and 38 per cent of Rimouski. In 1996, it added 31 per cent of Bonaventure-ÎIles-de-la-Madeleine and 25 per cent of Gaspé riding.

Population: 74,475

Political History
In 2004, the Bloc Québécois candidate, Jean Yves Roy, defeated Liberal Marc Bélanger for a second time, increasing his margin to more than 8,000 votes. The BQ's René Canuel served two terms in 1993 and 1997.

Matapédia-Matane and later Matane was a Liberal riding except for PC wins in 1930, 1958 and 1962. Liberal Pierre de Bané won in 1968, 1972 and 1974. He was appointed minister of state for urban affairs in 1974 and minister of supply and services in 1978. When the riding became Matapédia-Matane, he won two more terms, serving as minister of regional economic expansion in 1980 and minister of fisheries in 1982. He was appointed to the Senate in 1984.

Progressive Conservative Jean-Luc Joncas won in 1984 and 1988, but was defeated in 1993. Joncas was charged with more than 20 counts of fraud and breach of trust. All but three of the charges were dropped and he was acquitted of those remaining counts in 1990.

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


Jean-Yves Roy

Party: Bloc Québécois

Birth date: July 21, 1949
Age: 56
Birthplace: St-Charles-Garnier, Que.

Education: Studied educational sciences/theology at UQAR. Training in administrative and financial services
Profession: Journalist

Career background: He was a teacher with the Baie des Chaleurs Regional School Board in the 1970s. He then worked as a journalist at the Pharillon de Gaspé, Progrès Écho de Rimouski, Hàvre de Chandler and Chaleur de New-Richmond. He was an assistant to two BQ MPs during the 1990s.

Community activities: He was president of the Lower St. Lawrence Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Pointe-au-Père Municipal Recreation Board and vice-chair of the Lower St. Lawrence Cerebral Palsy Association for Gaspésie and �les-de-la-Madeleine.

Electoral History
Municipal: Mayor of the City of Pointe-au-Père from 1982 to 1986; city councillor in 1981
Provincial: Defeated in Rimouski in 1989
Federal: Elected in Matapédia-Matane in 2000 and in Haute-Gaspésie-La Mitis-Matane-Matapédia in 2004

Political History
Committee: Member of the standing committee on fisheries and oceans
Caucus: Fisheries and Oceans critic

Riding Address: 205-26 Beno�t Boulevard, Amqui, Que.

Rodrique Drapeau

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Education: Degree in business administration from Université du Qu�bec à Rimouski
Career Background: Co-owned a lawn maintenance company. Worked as an inspector at the Commission des normes du travail in Matane and was also a grain inspector for the Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires for the Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspé Peninsula regions

Community Activities: Former President of the Matane CLSC, a director for the Matane hospital and for the society to assist in the development of Matane communities

Electoral History
Municipal: Former mayor of St-J�r�me de Matane and was a Matane city councillor from 2001 to 2005

Sarah Desjardins

Party: Green Party of Canada

Birth Date: 1981
Birthplace: Rimouski, Que.

Telephone: (418) 722-6280

Kim Leclerc

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth date: March 10, 1985
Age: 20
Birthplace: Québec City, Que.

Education: He is a student in human sciences at the Joliette campus of Cégep de Lanaudière
Profession: Student

Community activities: He is a member of an international human rights group and is active in his parrish of Saint-Rédempteur

Political History
Party: Involved in local youth wing; former point person for communications for Young Liberals during 2003 provincial election

Stéphane Ricard

Party: New Democratic Party

Education: Completed health care training at colleges in Victoriaville and Sherbrooke

Career Background: Founded an import-export company

Campaign Address:
(418) 566-0166

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