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.
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
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth date: May 13, 1962
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
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-
Provincial: Vice-president, Parti Québécois youth wing
Federal: Elected in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004
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.
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
Community activities: She is involved with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Sun Youth.
Party: She was president of the Progressive Conservative Youth Federation of
Federal: Defeated in Shefford in 2004
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birthplace: Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Que.
Education: She is currently studying accounting
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
Party: Represented the Eastern Montréal Young Liberals of Canada
Blair T. Longley
Party: Marijuana Party of Canada
Birth Date: Sept. 25, 1950
Birthplace: Vancouver, B.C.
Education: Bachelor of General Studies degree from Simon Fraser University
Career Background: Published several press books in the 1980s
Federal: Ran as a Green Party candidate in 1984
Party: Marxist Leninist Party of Canada
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
Provincial: Defeated in Ottawa-Vanier in 1999
Federal: Defeated in Ottawa-Vanier in 1997; defeated in Hochelaga in 2004
Party: Green Party of Canada
Birth date: 1950
Marital Status: Married
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
Provincial: Defeated in 1985 and 1989
Federal: Defeated in 1984, 1988 and 2004
Telephone: (514) 259-3580