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DISTRICT: Hochelaga
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Réal MénardBQ2557055.58% X
Vicky HarveyLIB793217.24%
Audrey CastonguayCON561712.21%
David-Roger GagnonNDP41018.91%
Rolf BramannGRN22354.86%
Blair T. LongleyMP3320.72%
Christine DandenaultML2200.48%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 221 of 221 polls reporting


055 Hochelaga

2006 Candidates:
BQ:Réal Ménard (Incumbent)
CON:Audrey Castonguay
GRN:Rolf Bramann
LIB:Vicky Harvey
MP:Blair T. Longley
MLP:Christine Dandenault
NDP:David Gagnon


 Riding Map
This riding is located in the east end of the city of Montreal. The riding is bounded by the St. Lawrence River in the east, Rue de Cadillac, Rue du Quesne and Boulevard Langelier in the north, Rue Bélanger in the west and Boulevard Pie IX, Sherbrooke Street East, Rue Sheppard and Rue Dufresne in the south.

This lower-income riding depends heavily on the manufacturing industry, followed by other services. Most people, about 77 per cent of households, rented their dwellings. Almost 16 per cent of the population have less than a Grade 9 education, while almost 12 per cent have a university degree. The average family income was $48,031 and unemployment was 10.6 per cent.

According to the 1996 census, more than 79 per cent have French as a mother tongue, while three per cent cited English. The total immigrant population is over 14 per cent, with large groups of Italian, Chinese, Arabic and Spanish-speaking people.

In 2004, the riding became Hochelaga and boundaries were moved to added 11 per cent of Laurier-St-Marie in the southeast, while the northern part of the riding was moved into neighbouring Anjou and Mercier ridings. The riding of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve was created in the 1976 redistribution from 51 per cent of Maisonneuve-Rosemont, 41 per cent of Hochelaga and eight per cent from Lafontaine. In 1996, the redistribution added portions of St-Léonard, Mercier and Anjou-Rivière-des-Prairies ridings.

Population: 100,968

Political History
In 2004, the BQ's Réal Menard defeated Liberal Benoît Bouvier to win his fourth term in office.

The former riding of Maisonneuve-Rosemont or Maisonneuve was Liberal from 1935. The former riding of Hochelaga was Liberal from 1917 and has elected several prominent Liberals. Gérard Pelletier, a minister of communications under Pierre Trudeau, won from 1965 to 1975. Pierre Juneau, then chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television Commission, was appointed to replace Pelletier as minister of communications in 1975 before being elected. But in the 1975 byelection, Juneau was defeated by Progressive Conservative Jacques Lavoie. Lavoie joined the Liberals in 1977, but lost the riding nomination in 1979. Juneau was appointed president of the CBC.

Liberal Serge Joyal, incumbent from Maisonneuve-Rosemont, won in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in 1979 and 1980. He was appointed minister of state in 1981 and secretary of state in 1982. In 1984, PC Édouard Desrosiers defeated Joyal. In 1988, Desrosiers resigned and withdrew as the 1988 candidate after it was revealed he had been convicted of bank robbery 30 years before. In 1989, Desrosiers was fined $3,000 and put on a year's probation after pleading guilty to pocketing $7,463 in parliamentary funds. PC Allan Koury won in 1988, but came in third in 1993.

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


Réal Ménard

Party: Bloc Québécois

Birth date: May 13, 1962
Age: 43
Birthplace: Montréal, Que.

Education: Holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in political science and took law courses at the University of Montré
Profession: Advisor

Career background: He was a political aide to a Montréal city councillor, the vice-president of the board of directors of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Home Services and a political aide to a PQ MNA.

Community activities: He was a member of the Hébergements Humano board of directors, was part of the fundraising committee for a child-care centre and vice-president of the Service � l'habitation Hochelaga- Maisonneuve.

Electoral History
Provincial: Vice-president, Parti Québécois youth wing
Federal: Elected in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004

Political History
Committee: Former Vice-Chair: Standing Committe on Health Former Member: Citizenship and Immigration; Special Committee on non-medical use of drugs; Special Joint Committee to amend Section 93 of the Constitution Act, 1867 concerning the Quebec School System. Member: Health
Caucus: Former Critic for: Federal Office of Regional Development- Quebec; Science, Research and Development; Labour; National Defence; Citizenship and Immigration; Public Housing; Same-Sex Spousal Rights. Critic for: Health (since 1999); Region of Montreal (since 1993); National Strategy on AIDS (since 1993).

Riding Address: 4036, rue Ontario E, Montreal, Que.

Audrey Castonguay

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Education: Diploma in industrial relations from the University of Montreal
Profession: Human resources manager

Career Background: She works for an important hotel in Montreal where she is responsible for human resources. Before this, she held various positions in the hospitality industry and articled at the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Community activities: She is involved with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Sun Youth.

Electoral History
Party: She was president of the Progressive Conservative Youth Federation of Québec.
Federal: Defeated in Shefford in 2004


Vicky Harvey

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Age: 24
Birthplace: Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Que.

Education: She is currently studying accounting
Profession: Student

Community activities: Has been involved in the arts community and has written and presented a number of plays. She has also organized social events at which young people can discuss a variety of issues such as social causes and politics.

Political History
Party: Represented the Eastern Montréal Young Liberals of Canada

Blair T. Longley

Party: Marijuana Party of Canada

Birth Date: Sept. 25, 1950
Age: 55
Birthplace: Vancouver, B.C.

Education: Bachelor of General Studies degree from Simon Fraser University
Career Background: Published several press books in the 1980s

Electoral History
Federal: Ran as a Green Party candidate in 1984

Christine Dandenault

Party: Marxist Leninist Party of Canada

David Gagnon

Party: New Democratic Party

Education: Bachelor's in liturgy and music from l'Assomption College, a franco-American university in Massachusetts. Master's in pastoral sciences from Saint Paul University in Ottawa
Profession: Chaplain, counsellor

Career Background: Chaplain in a number of communities, spokesperson for numerous organizations in defence of victims of sexual abuse committed by members of the church, national coordinator of the Canadian Healing Circle and pastoral representative of the United Church of Canada, candidate for the Conseil scolaire de l'Est de l'Ontario in 1997

Electoral History
Provincial: Defeated in Ottawa-Vanier in 1999
Federal: Defeated in Ottawa-Vanier in 1997; defeated in Hochelaga in 2004

Rolf Bramann

Party: Green Party of Canada

Birth date: 1950
Birthplace: Germany

Marital Status: Married
Children: 2

Career background: He is president of Intercontinental Cargo Canada, an international shipping company in Montreal and Toronto. He co-founded the Green party of Canada in 1983 and has been working in countless organizations in the environment, anti-nuclear, recycling, animal protection and various social justice movements. He was with Eco-sense, a group which was abandoned about 10 years ago after it achieved what it was created for: pushing the city of Montreal to recycle

Electoral History
Provincial: Defeated in 1985 and 1989
Federal: Defeated in 1984, 1988 and 2004

Telephone: (514) 259-3580

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