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DISTRICT: Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Jacques GourdeCON2823654.34% X
Odina DesrochersBQ1540229.64%
Raymond CôtéNDP35296.79%
Eric ParadisLIB28205.43%
Shirley PicknellGRN19783.81%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 215 of 215 polls reporting


070 Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière

2006 Candidates:
BQ:Odina Desrochers
CON:Jacques Gourde
GRN:Shirley Picknell
LIB:Éric Paradis
NDP:Raymond Côté


 Riding Map
This riding is located on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River across from Québec City. The riding contains the regional county municipality of Lotbinière and part of La Nouvelle-Beauce comprising the parish municipality of St-Lambert-de-Lauzon. It includes the former cities of St-Nicolas, Charny, St-Jean-Chrysostome and St-Rédempteur, the former municipality of St-Étienne-de-Lauzon and Ste-Hélène-de-Breakeyville.

Manufacturing is the major industry in this riding, followed by retail trade. The average family income is $60,827 and unemployment is 5.1 per cent.

According to the 2001 census, 97.4 per cent have French as their mother tongue, the highest in Québec. The total immigrant population is slightly more than one per cent.

The riding of Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière was created in 2004 from 50 per cent of Lévis-et-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière and 46 per cent of Lotbinière-L'Érable.

Population: 94,834

Political History
In 2004, Lotbinière-L'Érable incumbent and Bloc Québécois candidate Odina Desrochers was re-elected handily to a third term, with 46 per cent of the votes and a margin of 9,617 over the Conservative candidate, Jean Landry. In 2000, Desrochers's margin was 2,788, with Liberal Luc Dastous coming second in Lotbinière-L'Érable.

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 the BQ's Maxime Fréchette.

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.

Lotbinière and Lotbinière-L'Érable elected André Fortin for the Ralliement Créditiste in 1968 and for Social Credit in 1972. He was the leader of the Social Credit party after Réal Couette. Fortin was killed in an auto accident. Créditiste Richard Janelle won the 1978 byelection and won again in 1979. He joined the Progressive Conservative party in 1979, but was defeated in 1980 by Liberal Jean-Guy Dubois. PC Maurice Tremblay won in 1984 and 1988. In 1992, he was convicted of using $5,000 from the parliamentary budget to pay for a trip to Acapulco for three members of his riding association and their spouses. He was fined $12,000. In 1993, BQ Jean Landry was elected.


Odina Desrochers

Party: Bloc Québécois

Birth Date: May 25, 1951
Age: 54
Birthplace: Joly, Que.

Education: University of Quebec at Rimouski, studies in Human Resources Management
Profession: Journalist

Career Background: 1978-81 - Director of Communications, Lauvien Hockey Club. 1984-85 - Press attach�, Qu�bec Winter Carnival. 1986-88 - News director, CJTR Radio, Trois Rivi�res. 1986-88 - News director, Le Peuple-Lotbini�re newspaper. 1988-90 - News director, CIGB, Trois Rivi�res. 1990-97 - Communications Director, Qu�bec Real Estate Association. 1993-95 - Director, communications planning committee, Qu�bec 2002 Olympic Games Bid

Community Activities: 1990-97 - Director, organizing committee, Cocktail de l'humour, for the Jean Lapointe Foundation. Since 1973, member of the Joly-Val-Alain Knights of Columbus. 1978-82, member, board of directors, Lauvien Hockey Club

Electoral History
Party: 1994 - Director of Communications, Lotbinière Parti Québecois. 1996 - Vice president, Lotbinière Parti Québecois. 1995 - Communications Co-ordinator, YES committee, Chaudière-Appalaches
Federal: Elected in Lotbinière in 1997; in Lotbinière-L'Erable in 2000; in Lotbinère-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière

Political History
Committee: Former Member: Agriculture and Agri-Food; Finance; Public Accounts; Sub-Committee on Combating Corruption; Finance; sub-committee on Protection of Witnesses and Testimony of Public Accounts. Member: Parliamentary Information and Research Service; Official Languages
Caucus: Former critic areas: Public Accounts and Revenue (1997-1998); Treasury Board and Public Accounts (2004). Former Deputy critic areas: Rural Development; Finance. Vice-President of BQ Caucus Executive (1998-2000) BQ Caucus Treasurer (since 2000) Critic on issues relating to Latin America and Africa

Riding Address: 375 A, rue St-Joseph

Laurier Station, Que.
(418) 728-5015

Jacques Gourde

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Education: Diploma in farming management
Profession: Farmer

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Chantal Beaudoin
Children: Five

Career Background: Agricultural producer since 1985, in Saint-Narcisse de Beaurivage - specializing in hay production

Community Activities: President of the Development Committee of Saint-Narcisse. Parish council church warden for six years, involved in social and cultural organizations in the parish and the region

Éric Paradis

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth Date: 1964
Birthplace: Beauce, Que.

Education: Studied accounting and financial planning at Laval University
Profession: Accountant

Career Background: Since 1992, he has worked for Services Investors Limit�s, helping to build financial security for families by developing a plan based on their specific needs

Community Activities: Volunteer firefighter and fire chief since 1988. Past president of the Nouvelle Beauce Chamber of Commerce and has sat on the board of directors. His family has also been a host family for students from Germany.

Raymond Côté

Party: New Democratic Party

Birthplace: Quebec City region

Education: BA (Université Laval)
Profession: Employed by Ameublements Tanguay

Community Activities: Serves as a representative on the School Council of the �cole secondaire Jean-de-Br�beuf. President of the Parents' Committee of the Commission scolaire de la Capitale

Riding Address:
Tel: (418) 802-8287

Shirley Picknell

Party: Green Party of Canada

Age: 42
Education: B.Sc. in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Ottawa, MBA in International Management from the University of Texas in Dallas
Profession: Consultant

Marital Status: Married
Children: Three

Career Background: Works with a multinational corporation as a consultant in how to use sustainable management practices and cleaner production as per legislation in Europe, the United States and Canada

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