054 Haute-Gasp�sie-La Mitis-Matane-Matap�dia
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.
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
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth date: July 21, 1949
Birthplace: St-Charles-Garnier, Que.
Education: Studied educational sciences/theology at UQAR. Training in administrative and financial services
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.
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
Committee: Member of the standing committee on fisheries and oceans
Caucus: Fisheries and Oceans critic
Riding Address: 205-26 Beno�t Boulevard, Amqui, Que.
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
Municipal: Former mayor of St-J�r�me de Matane and was a Matane city councillor from 2001 to 2005
Party: Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1981
Birthplace: Rimouski, Que.
Telephone: (418) 722-6280
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth date: March 10, 1985
Birthplace: Québec City, Que.
Education: He is a student in human sciences at the Joliette campus of Cégep de Lanaudière
Community activities: He is a member of an international human rights group and is active in his parrish of Saint-Rédempteur
Party: Involved in local youth wing; former point person for communications for Young Liberals during 2003 provincial election
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: Completed health care training at colleges in Victoriaville and Sherbrooke
Career Background: Founded an import-export company