This Saguenay riding has Lac Kénogami as its southern border. The riding includes part of the city of Saguenay containing the borough of Jonquière and part of the regional county municipalities of Lac-St-Jean-Est and Le Fjord-du-Saguenay. The city of Alma and the municipalities of Bégin, Larouche, St-Ambroise, St-Charles-de-Bourget and St-David-de-Falardeau fall in the riding.
The largest source of employment in the area is manufacturing, followed
by retail trade and other services. In the 2001 census, more than
97 per cent listed French as a mother tongue, the third-highest
in Canada. In the 1995 referendum, 71 per cent of the population
voted in favour of separation. The average family income is $55,640
with unemployment of 13.2 per cent.
The Jonquière-Alma riding was created in 2004 with 90 per cent of Jonquière riding and 54 per cent of Lac-St-Jean–Saguenay. Jonquière riding was created in 1976 from 99 per cent of Lapointe and one per cent of Montmorency. In 1996, part of Chicoutimi was added.
In 2004, Bloc Québécois candidate Sébastian Gagnon defeated
Liberal Daniel Giguère to win his second term as an MP. Giguère was first
elected in Lac-St-Jean–Saguenay in a 2002 byelection.
In 2000, Bloc candidate Jocelyn Girard-Bujold defeated Liberal Jean-Guy
Boily to win a second term as MP.
In Lapointe riding, Gilles Gregoire won for Social Credit in 1962, 1963 and for Raillement des Créditiste in 1965. Liberal Gilles Marceau won three terms in Lapointe beginning in 1968, then went on to win in Jonquière in 1979 and 1980, In 1984, Progressive Conservative Jean-Pierre Blackburn defeated Marceau. Blackburn won a second term in 1988. In 1993, BQ André Caron defeated Blackburn. Caron died in 1997 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
1979, 1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000 - BQ
2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth date: May 21, 1973
Birthplace: Metabetchouan, Que.
Education: HEC, business administration (major in international trade); Laval, business management. School of Management Science: UQAM, business administration
Career background: 2000-01, administrator, la Société de dévelopment économique du centre-ville de Montréal.
2000-01, director-general, la Société de gestion du fond jeunesse Québec. 2000-2002, president and director-general.
Gestion Targa Community Involvement: 1994-95, member, board of directors, l'Association étudiante du Collège d'Alma. 1995-97, director, la commission des loisirs and on comité de développement de Métabetchouan. 1996-99, executive director, la Fédération
étudiante universitaire du Québec. 1999-00, director-general, la Fédération des associations étudiantes du
campus de l'Université de Montréal
Community activities: Honourary chair, Gala régional Jeune entrepreneur du Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean. Administrator, Société de développement économique du centre- ville de Montréal (2000-2001) director, Commission des loisirs et au comité de développement de Métabetchouan (1995-1997)
Federal: Elected in December 2002 byelection in Lac-Saint-Jean-Saguenay, re-elected in 2004
Committee: Former member: Subcommittee on children and youth at risk, environment and sustainable development. Member: Canadian Heritage, Public Accounts
Caucus: Critic for regional development
3885, boul. Harvey, Jonquière, Que., G7H 9B1
615, rue sacré-Cour Ouest, Alma, Que., G8B 1M4
425 rue Sacré-Coeur Ouest, bur. 303, Alma, Que., G8B 1M2
Room 412, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: July 6, 1948
Birthplace: Jonquiere, Que.
Education: Holds bachelor's degree in administration from the University of Québec, Chicoutimi and a master's in regional studies and intervention
Career background: 1974-84, general manager of S.I.D.A.C.; Chicoutimi
1973-74, instructor of marketing at Jonquiere College and of
computer science & accounting at Lapointe Regional School Board.
He is currently president of Blackburn Communication Inc. The
firm, established in the region in 1996, specializes in
business development and public relations.
Federal: First elected in 1984. Re-elected in 1988; defeated in 1993
Caucus: Has served on parliamentary committees on the Constitution.
Chair of the standing committee on labour, employment and
immigration; co-chair of the public accounts committee;
member of the committee on communications and culture; member
of the general budgetary estimates committee.
Party: Green Party of Canada
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth date: December 15, 1948
Birthplace: Jonquiere, Que.
Education: UQAC - B.Ad., 1973; Teaching certificate, 1978;
Certificate, 1983; MA, 1990
Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Maude Gorneau
Children: Chritine, Pierre, Marc
Career background: Teacher of business administration at the Cégep de Jonquiere and
consultant for public and para-public companies. Co-author of numerous education books used by the province;
has sat on various secondary and college level advisory committees and has been a member of the board of directors of
Federal: Defeated in Jonquière in 1993
Party: New Democratic Party
Birth Date: Sept. 3, 1971
Birthplace: Alma, Que.
Education: B.Sc. in biology (Laval University); M.Sc. in renewable resources - microbiology (University of Quebec at Chicoutimi)
Children: Sara-Maude and Michel
Career Background: Biology teacher at the Cégep de Jonquière. Consultant and regional office manager for
Maheu et Maheu an anti-parasite service. Member of the board of ZIP Saguenay (1997-98) and the executive committee of ZIP
Alma-Jonquière (1999-2003). (ZIP is a non-profit environmental umbrella organization). Manager of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean
chapter of the the Association des Biologists du Qué (1997 - 2000). Member of the board for the Les affaires étudiants
corporation at Cégep de Jonquière (2003-2005)
Community Activities: Volunteer with organizations including: Red Cross, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec,
Festirame, Drôle de Week-end
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