This is a new riding, which is split by Rivière-des-Milles-Îles.
East of Rivière-des-Milles-Îles, it contains the cities of
Bois-des-Filion, Lorraine, Rosemère and Ste-Thérèse,
which are part of the regional county municipality of Thérèse-De
Blainville. West of the river it contains that part of Laval from Rivière-des-Milles-Îles
east to the hydro transmission line and between Avenue Papineau, Rue Riopelle,
Boulevard René-Laennec, hydro line 1156-57 and Boulevard des Laurentides
in north and Autoroute des Laurentides in the south.
The manufacturing industry is important in this riding, followed by retail trade and health and social services. The average family income is $75,232 with an unemployment rate of 4.5 per cent.
Almost 87 per cent of the population cited French as a mother tongue, five per cent cited English and almost two per cent were Italian. The total immigrant population is just under six per cent. Over 13 per cent of the population has a university degree.
The riding of Marc-Aurèle-Fortin was created in the 2004 redistribution
from 30 per cent of Laval Centre, 25 per cent of Terrebonne-Blainville,
21 per cent of Rivière-des-Milles-Îles and 10 per cent of Laval
This riding was new in 2004, when Bloc Québécois candidate
Serge Ménard won more than twice the votes of Liberal Nancy Girard,
the runnerup, to earn his first term as an MP.
In 2000, in Laval Centre, the BQ's Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral defeated
Liberal Pierre Lafleur by 42 votes. It was her third term. In Terrebonne-Blainville
in the 2000 election, BQ Diane Bourgeois defeated Liberal F.H. Liberge
to win a first term. In Rivière-Des-Milles-Iles, BQ Gilles A. Perron
defeated Liberal Robert Fragasso to win a second term.
Laval Centre was the riding held by Jeanne Sauvé in 1979 and in 1980. She was appointed Speaker in 1980, and served as governor general from 1984 to 1990. She was the first woman to hold these posts. In 1984, Liberal Raymond Garneau was elected and in 1988, Progressive Conservative Jacques Tétreault won.
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: Sept. 27, 1941
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.
Education: Law degree from University of Montreal in 1965; called to the bar in Quebec the following year
Career Background: Worked in the Office of Qu�bec Attorney General's substitutes from 1966-67; then moved to the Crown
Prosecutor's Office of Canada from 1967-68 before working as a criminal lawyer from 1968-94. Lectured at the University of Montreal
law faculty from 1969-83 and was a law professor at Bar School from 1971-82
Community Activities: Volunteer legal adviser for the Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists (1969-1993); member of the
General Council of the Qu�bec Bar (1974-1976); member of the board of governors, Maison Le Portage (1975-1995);
president of the Montreal Association of Defence Attorneys (1981-1986); board member, Youth Consultation Office (1983-1984);
vice-president and then president of the Qu�bec Bar (1985-1987); vice-chair of the Canadian branch, International Association of
Lawyers (1992-1994); and member of the International Association of Lawyers (1992-97)
Provincial: Elected in provincial byelection in Laval des Rapides on Dec. 13, 1993; re-elected in 1994, 1998; defeated in 2003
Federal: Elected in Marc-Aur�le-Fortin in 2004
Cabinet: Provincial minister of public security from 1994 to 1996. Minister of state for Greater Montreal and minister
responsible for the Montreal region from 1996 to 1997. Minister of Justice, Attorney General and minister responsible for
administration of legislation respecting professions from 1997-1998. Appointed Minister of Public Security in 1998 and appointed
Minister of Transport and minister responsible for the Laval region in January 2002. Added public security portfolio in October 2002
Committee: Former member of Priorities Committee. Member of Legislation Committee. Former member of cabinet committee on Social
Development. Member of cabinet committees on Montreal region, Regional and Territorial Affairs, and Employment and Economic Development. Member of special ministerial committee for the Gasp�sie-�les- de-la-Madeleine region. Vice-Chair: Subcommittee on Public Safety and National Security of Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Caucus: Official Opposition critic for labour and occupational health and safety, December 1993 to September 1994
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Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Economics degree from Toronto's York University; Degree in finances from Université de Sherbrooke.
Career Background: Broker for investor-immigrants, holds the title of Finance Director for a specialized firm. He previously
worked for several prestigious firms active in finance and the forest sector. Attained high recognition in corporate management,
development and financing
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Profession: Biologist and auto worker
Career Background: Taught biology at the College of Maisonneuve for 11 years and worked in auto plants
Community Activities: Involved with organizations including Nature Conservation of Canada, Laurentides Leisures and the Regional
Environmental Council des Laurentides. Worked on a number of environmental public awareness campaigns
Federal: Defeated in Brossard-La Prairie in 2000. Defeated in Marc-Aur�le-Fortin in 2004
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: College diploma in Art and Television Communications from Andr�-Grasset College
Marital Status: Married
Children: Two sons
Career Background: Communications and Development officer, well versed in the areas of law, administration and accounting, as
well as the pure sciences. Has joined a number of theatre companies and, over the years, worked her way up from control room assistant
to production manager
Party: President of Marc-Aurèle-Fortin Federal Liberal Riding Association since 2004. In the 2004 federal election, she
was responsible for the scheduling and communications for Liberal candidate, Nancy Girard.
Party: New Democratic Party
Birth Date: 1976
Birthplace: Greenfield Park, Que.
Education: Bachelor's degree, currently a candidate for a Master's degree in Geography from the Université
du Québec à Montréal
Career Background: Works as a research officer at the Observatoire international de géopolitique