This urban/rural riding is located north of Montreal. It contains the regional county municipality of Matawinie, including the Atikamekw de Manawan Indian Reserve, and the municipality of Joliette.
The largest employer is the manufacturing sector, followed by retail trade, health and social services and other services. Almost 92 per cent of the population have French as a mother tongue, and the total immigrant population is just under two per cent. Almost 15 per cent of the population have less than a Grade 9 education. The average family income is $50,409 with an unemployment rate of 9.6 per cent.
In 2004, only the northern part of the riding, about 55 per cent of the old Joliette, has been retained and merged with 33 per cent of Berthier-Montcalm. The riding of Joliette was created in 1867, abolished in 1933, then re-established in 1966. The 1996 redistribution kept 71 per cent of the riding and added eight per cent of Berthier-Montcalm.
In 2004, Bloc Québécois candidate Pierre Paquette defeated
Liberal Jean-François Coderre to win his
second term. The BQ's René Laurin
was elected as MP in 1993 and 1997.
This riding, called Joliette-L'Assomption-Montcalm, was Liberal from 1935 to 1957 inclusive, then voted Progressive Conservative in 1958, 1962 and 1963. Liberal Roland Comptois won in 1965, then ran in Terrebonne in 1968.
PC Roch Lasalle won here in 1968 by 172 votes. In 1972, Lasalle won again,
this time as an Independent. Lasalle was re-elected as a PC in
1974, 1979 and 1980 and was appointed minister of supply and services
in the 1979 Joe Clark government. In 1981, he resigned to lead the
Union Nationale in the Quebec election and lost. Lasalle was re-elected
in the 1981 byelection and in 1984. He was appointed minister
of public works and minister of state in the Brian Mulroney government.
He resigned in 1987 after reports of alleged influence peddling.
He denied any wrongdoing, but was not a candidate in 1988. In 1988,
PC Gaby Larrivée
defeated Liberal Denis Coderre.
1968 - PC
1972 - IND
1974-88 inclusive - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: June 1, 1955
Birthplace: Sorel, Que.
Education: Holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in economics from the University of Montréal
Career background: He taught at Maisonneuve CEGEP, was president of Conseil central de Montréal and hosted Droit de parole on Télé-Québec.
Community activities: Member of board of directors of United Way of Greater
Montréal, CIBL, the Francophone community radio station in
Montréal, OXFAM Québec, FONDACTION, Québec Sovereignty Council,
* Member of the Economic Council of Canada
Federal: Elected in Joliette in 2000, 2004
385, rue St-Viateur, Joliette, Que., J6E 3A9
420, rue de Lanaudi�re, Joliette, Que.
Room 378, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Holds a bachelor's degree in health science and a master's degree in business administration from the École des Hautes études commerciales
Profession: Health worker
Marital status: Married
Career background: She worked at the Hôpital du Haut-Richelieu and was a member of the planning team of the future Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
Party: Green Party of Canada
Birth date: 1965
Education: Studied wildlife conservation, ecological horticulture and personnel management.
Marital Status: Married
Career Background: Farms organic seeds and plants.
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: Holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Laval University
Profession: Pulp and paper worker
Career background: Has worked production, equipment maintenance and in supervisory roles
in the pulp and paper industry. He has also been involved in the construction of alternator turbines in the second phase of the James Bay hydroelectric project. He is currently a director of production for a prominent paper company in the Joliette region.
Community activities: Served on the advisory council for Laforge School and acted as a reader in developing audiobooks for the blind. Served as regional director for the Bas St-Laurent Order of Engineers, vice-president of the Matane archery club, and technical director of the Eastern Quebec Archery Association
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: Holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in political science from the University of Ottawa
Career background: Currently studying in the faculty of theology of the Université de Montréal pursuing a master's program.
Has worked at Scott Paper, and as a teacher at Algonquin College
and at the University of Ottawa; has been a host at La Maison Populaire for the past three years
Federal: Defeated in Joliette in 1997 and 2004