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DISTRICT: Laval-Les Iles
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Raymonde FolcoLIB2084939.32% X
Christiane PichetteBQ1753733.07%
Qais HamidiCON905517.08%
Alain GiguèreNDP38177.2%
Theodore KouretasGRN15572.94%
Polyvios TsakanikasML2110.4%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 210 of 210 polls reporting


067 Laval-Les Îles

2006 Candidates:
BQ:Christiane Pichette
CON:Qais Hamidi
GRN:Theodore Kouretas
LIB:Raymonde Folco (Incumbent)
MLP:Polyvios Tsakanikis
NDP:Alain Giguère


 Riding Map
This urban riding is made up of the western part of the city of Laval. Rivières-des-Milles-Îles is the northwest boundary and Rivière-des-Prairies is on the southwest. The eastern boundary is 83rd Avenue, Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Highway 117 and the hydro transmission lines.

This is a predominantly residential riding. The main employers are manufacturing, including pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, followed by retail trade and other services. The average family income is $68,692 and unemployment rate is 6.4 per cent.

According to the 2001 census, 59 per cent have French as a mother tongue, while 27 per cent have a mother tongue other than French or English. The total immigrant population is almost 22 per cent.

In 2004, the riding name was changed to Laval-Les Îles, keeping 83 per cent of the former Laval West territory. The riding was established in 1949 as Laval and the name was changed to Laval West in 1990. There were no changes in the 1996 redistribution.

Population: 100,458

Political History
In 2004, Liberal Raymonde Folco defeated Bloc Québécois candidate Micaël Poirier to win a third term as MP.

Liberal Marcel Roy was MP for five terms in Laval, serving from 1968-1984. Progressive Conservative Guy Ricard won in 1984 and 1988. In 1993, Liberal Michel Dupuy was elected and was named minister of Canadian heritage in 1996.

1949-57 inclusive - LIB
1958 - PC
1962-80 inclusive - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - LIB


Christiane Pichette

Party: Bloc Québécois

Education: Law degree (Université de Montréal)
Profession: Lawyer

Career Background: Associate with Pichette, Décarie since 1991.

Community Activities: Chair of l'Agence de Santé et des Services Sociaux de Laval board. Board member, Crossroads Youth-Employment of Laval

Political History
Party: On the Parti Québécois executive in Laval-des-Rapides.

Riding Address:

Qais Hamidi

Party:Conservative Party of Canada

Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Education: Studied managerial accounting and management at McGill University, in Montreal
Profession: Banker

Marital Status:
Name of Spouse:

Career Background: Since 1991, he has been working for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as a portfolio management agent

Community Activities: Involved in the movement that put a democratic government in place in Afghanistan

Raymonde Folco

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth Date: March 16, 1940
Age: 65
Birthplace: Paris

Education: BA from Melbourne University. Honours BA in Linguistics from Université de Quebec à Montréal. MA in Applied Linguistics from Concordia
Profession: Businesswoman

Career Background: Taught at Concordia, McGill, Université de Montréal, UQAM, Memorial, University of Toronto as well as in Jamaica and Australia. Represented Canada at the Commonwealth Institute of Great Britain. Educational development adviser for the Quebec minister of education. Served as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Chair and general director of her own business, Johnson-Folco Communications. Former vice-president and president of the Conseil de Communautés Culturelles et de l'Immigration du Quebec

Community Activities: Member of the board of directors of the Regie de la sant� et des services sociaux de Montr�al-Centre; member of the board of Montreal Youth Centre; member of the board of directors for the F�d�ration des CLSC du Quebec. Former member of board of International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development. Former member of board of Women for Access to Political and Economic Power

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Laval East in 1993. Elected in Laval West in 1997, 2000. Appointed as a candidate by Jean Chrétien in 1993; elected in Laval-Les Îles in 2004

Political History
Parliamentary Secretary: Parliamentary Secretary to the minister of human resources development, 2000-03
Committee: Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Former co-chair, Joint Committee on Official Languages. Former member of Health; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Natural Resources and Government Operations; Government Operations and Estimates; Human Resources Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities; Sub-committee on Human Rights and International Development; Sub-committee on International Trade, Trade Disputes and Investment; Sub-committee on Children and Youth at Risk; Sub-committee on Status of Persons with Disabilities. Vice-chair of Citizenship and Immigration. Member of Scrutiny of Regulations
Caucus: Former vice-chair of Liberal Standing Committee on Policy Development. Chair of the Liberal Caucus on Citizenship and Immigration

Riding Address: 674 Place-Publique St.
Suite 205
Laval Que.
Ottawa Address: Room 809 Justice Bldg.
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ont.

Alain Giguère

Party: New Democratic Party

Education: Bachelor's degree in law
Profession: Lawyer

Career Background: Specialist in fiscal law since 1996

Community Activities: Founding member of the COOP UQÀM and its secretary (1990-1993). Former Secretary-Treasurer of Local 2054 of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (1979-1985)

Electoral History
Defeated NDP candidate in the last four federal elections

Political History
Party: Member of NDP Quebec Executive since 1989

Riding Address:

Theodore Kouretas

Party: Green Party of Canada

Birthplace: Montreal, Que.

Education: BA in Literature and Sociology from Concordia University
Profession: Teacher

Career Background: Teaches English and Greek and also worked as a writer and editor

Community Activities: Former Little League baseball manager

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Pierrefonds-Dollard in 2004

Riding Address: (514) 336-2050

Polyvios Tsakanikis

Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Electoral History
Provincial: Defeated in Chomedey in 2003
Federal: Defeated in Laval West in 2000 and 2004

Riding Address:

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