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DISTRICT: Louis-Saint-Laurent
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Josée VernerCON2860657.68% X
Bernard ClearyBQ1199724.19%
Isa Gros-LouisLIB31806.41%
Robert DonnellyNDP28485.74%
Christian LégaréIND14983.02%
Lucien GravelleGRN14682.96%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 215 of 215 polls reporting


072 Louis St. Laurent

2006 Candidates:
BQ:Bernard Cleary (Incumbent)
CON:Josée Verner
GRN:Lucien Gravelle
IND:Christian Légaré
LIB:Isa Gros-Louis
NDP:Robert Donnelly


 Riding Map
This riding takes in the northwest and central part of Quebec City and is bounded by the Quebec City limits in the northwest and the north. Its southwest boundary is the former northern and eastern border of Ste-Foy. The southern boundary is the Autoroute Félix-Leclerc. The boundary in the east is the former western border of Lac-St-Charles, the former western border of St-Émile and the former southwest border of Charlesbourg. Wendake Reserve is in the eastern part of the riding.

The provincial government is a major employer, with retail trade and tourism also playing a significant role in local economy. The average family income is $60,719 with an unemployment rate of 5.8 per cent.

More than 96 per cent of the population cited French as a mother tongue, while less than two per cent cited English. The aboriginal population is 1.41 per cent. The total immigrant population is slightly more than two per cent.

The riding of Louis St. Laurent was created in the 2004 redistribution from 67 per cent of Quebec East and 23 per cent of Portneuf. The riding was established in 1867 as Quebec East.

Population: 94,294

Political History
In 2004, Bloc Québécois candidate Bernard Cleary won his first term of office, defeating Conservative Josée Verner by 3,281 votes.

In 2000 in Quebec East, Liberal Jean Guy Carignan defeated BQ candidate Jean-Paul Marchand by 647 votes. In 2001, it was learned that Carignan was charged with drunk driving and hit-and-run the day of the election. In November 2001 he pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run charge. In December 2001 he resigned from caucus after being sentenced to one year of community service.

Quebec East was the riding held by Sir Wilfrid Laurier from the 1877 byelection to 1919. He was prime minister from 1896-1911. This is also the riding another former prime minister, Louis St. Laurent, held from 1942 to 1957. Liberal Gerard Duquet served six terms as MP from 1965-84. Progressive Conservative Marcel Tremblay won in 1984 and 1988, but was defeated in 1993. In 1993 and 1997, the BQ's Jean-Paul Marchand was elected.

Quebec East:
1867 - CON
1870 byelection - LIB
1872 - CON
1874-1957 inclusive - LIB
1958 - PC
1962, 1963 - SC
1965-80 inclusive - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997 - BQ
2000 - LIB

Louis St. Laurent:
2004 - BQ


Bernard Cleary

Party: Bloc Québécois

Birth Date: May 8, 1937
Age: 68
Birthplace: Mashteuiatsh, Que.

Education: Classical Studies, Petit S�minaire de Chicoutimi Studies in Pedagogy, Sherbrooke University
Profession: Businessman

Career Background: President and CEO of the Cleary Group (since 1990). Chief Negotiator for Atikamekw and Innus-Montagnais Council (1986-90), professor and lecturer in Journalism and Communications at Laval University (1970-1988), News Editor, then Vice-President, News, Public Affairs and Programming for T�l�-Capitale (1981-1986), owner of weekly newspapers in Metro Quebec Region (1976-81). Journalist, columnist, News Director and news desk editor with the daily newspaper Le Soleil (1961-1976)

Community Activities: Joint Chair of the Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Sector Table of the First Peoples' Business Association, member of the jury, Citizenship Awards, 1988. Judge for annual awards given to members of the Regional Weekly Print Media, member of the Radio Committee for Broadcast News, member of the French Wire Service Committee, Canadian Press, member of Program Committee, Jounalism Department, Laval, member of Board of Directors, Quebec Civil Liberties Union

Electoral History
Federal: Elected in Louis-Saint-Laurent in 2004

Political History
Committee: Vice-Chair: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Riding Address: 6 Caron Street
Suite 120
Loretteville, QC

Josée Verner

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Profession: Communications worker

Marital Status: Married
Children: Maxime, Am�lie, and Laurence

Career Background: Started professional career as an administrative officer at the Department of French at the Universit� du Qu�bec � Trois-Rivi�res. Was administrative assistant and a political adviser at the university. Works for a highly recognized communications firm. Worked for former Québec premier Robert Bourassa

Community Activities: Former chair of a day care centre, and fundraiser for many charitable organizations, such as the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Louis-Saint-Laurent in 2004

Political History
Caucus: Appointed as Quebec Regional Chair by Harper even though she is unelected. Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Qu�bec, Francophonie critic.

Christian Légaré

Party: Independent

Campaign Office:
(418) 930-7896

Isa Gros-Louis

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Education: Law degree from the University of Saskatchewan
Profession: Lawyer

Career Background: Worked for the Ministry of Indian and Northern Affairs since 1998. Senior counsel for the deputy minister and director of social reform. Since the beginning of 2004, has worked as a departmental assistant in the minister's office.

Robert Donnelly

Party: New Democratic Party

Birthplace: Québec City, Que.

Education: Diplomas in Literature from the University of Ottawa and the Université Laval.
Profession: Educator

Career Background: Teaching since 1976 at the college level in the department of language and letters and in the arts and letters program

Community Activities: Active in the Voice of English-Speaking Quebec organization and as a volunteer in local Scouts and Guides clubs. Was Artistic Director with the Quebec Art Company


Lucien Gravelle

Party: Green Party of Canada

Birth Date: 1958
Birthplace: Aylmer, Que.

Career Background: Joined the Armed Forces at the age of 19 before working as an electrician and mechanic in British Columbia. Worked at SCC Environmental of Newfoundland on the decontamination of the grounds through thermal phases

Telephone: (418) 843-6230

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