This riding is located on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River across
from Québec City. The riding runs from the St. Lawrence River to
the Canada-U.S. border. It contains the regional county municipality of
Bellechasse, part of Les Etchemins and part of the city of Lévis.
The former cities of Lévis and St-Romuald and the municipalities
of St-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy and Pintendre fall in the riding.
The major industry in this riding is manufacturing, followed by health
and social services and other services. The average family income is $54,933
and the unemployment rate is 6.3 per cent. Almost 97 per cent of the population
cited French as their mother tongue, while less than one per cent spoke
English. The immigrant population is one per cent. More than 14 per cent
of the population has less than a Grade 9 education.
The riding of Lévis-Bellechasse was created in the 2004 redistribution
from 50 per cent of Lévis-et-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière and 48 per cent of
The Bloc Québécois won this riding in 2004, when Réal
Lapierre took 44 per cent of the vote, ending up 8,266 votes ahead of
his nearest rival.
In 2000 in Lévis, BQ candidate Antoine Dubé defeated Liberal
Shirley Baril to win a third term. He resigned in 2003 to run for the
Parti Québécois in the provincial election. In the 2003
byelection, Liberal Christian Jobin defeated BQ Maxime Fréchette.
In 2000 in Bellechasse-Etchemins-Montmagny-L'Islet, Liberal Gilbert Normand
won. He had won the 1997 election by just 47 votes. Normand was appointed
secretary of state for agriculture and agri-food and fisheries and oceans
in 1997 and secretary of state for science, research and development in
1999, a position he held until 2002.
Liberal Raynald Guay was MP for Lévis from 1963 to 1980 when he
resigned and was appointed to the Anti-Dumping Tribunal. Liberal Gaston
Gourde won in the 1981 byelection, but was defeated in 1984 by Progressive
Conservative Gabriel Fontaine who served two terms. Fontaine was facing
charges on 14 counts of fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy and Kim
Campbell wouldn't authorize him as a PC candidate in 1993.
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: Aug. 5, 1944
Birthplace: St-Charles de Bellechasse, Que.
Education: Bachelors degree in Pedagogy, University of Laval (1966); History certificate, Laval University
Career Background: French and Geography high school teacher, Polyvalente de Lévis (1977-2000); French and history high
school teacher, Centre éducatif de Saint-Charles (1966-1976)
Political and Community Involvement: Member, board of directors
and the executive council, Conseil régional de concertation et de développement (CRCD) in the region of
Chaudière-Appalaches (since 2001); Member of the CA et du CE de la Société du Parc linéaire Monk (since 2001);
Founding president, Comité du lien sous-fluvial a l'est de Lévis-Bellechasse (since 1996); Founding president,
Festival des seigneuries de Beaumont (1984)
Municipal: Municipal councillor in Beaumont (1971-1974); Mayor of Beaumont (1974-1985 and since 1994); Prefect for the MRC de
Bellechasse (since 2001)
Federal: Elected in Levis-Bellechasse in 2004
Committee: Agriculture and Agri-Food
Riding Address: 5410 Rive Sud Blvd Suite 78B
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Diploma in Applied Science from the University of Sherbrooke;
MBA from the University
of Quebec in Montreal
Career Background: For more than 15 years, he has been managing projects in
Background:environmental engineering and urban infrastructure.
Founded two companies in environmental technologies and
agro-environment. Technical consultant for the
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Provincial: Defeated in Beauce-Nord in 1998 as ADQ
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Children: Three sons
Career Background: Obstetrics and Palliative care nurse at the Jeffrey Hales General Hospital for more than 20 years.
Part of the cardiology research team at Laval Hospital. Has also worked in a small northern Quebec community and organized a training
course in hospital work for aboriginal people
Provincial: Defeated candidate in 1984
Party: Served as president of the Women's Action Committee for the Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec)
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: Studied teaching at the Université de Chicoutimi
Marital Status: Single
Tel: 1 800 843-8598
Party: Green Party of Canada
Education: Degree in Mechanical Engineering from l'Université Laval
Telephone: (418) 837-3480
Tel.:(418) 833-5599 ext.: 313