This riding is located in southeast Quebec along the Canadian-U.S.
border. It contains the regional county municipalities of L'Amiante and
L'Érable, and part of the regional county municipality of Le Granit.
The major population centres include Plessisville, Princeville, Lac-Mégantic
and Thetford Mines.
The major industries in the riding are manufacturing, health and social services and retail trade. The average family income is $48,425 and unemployment is 7.1 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, approximately 18 per cent of the population have less than a Grade 9 education. Almost 96 per cent of the population cited French as a mother tongue, while less than one per cent were anglophone. The total immigrant population is just over one per cent.
In 2004, the riding became Mégantic-L'Érable, combining 92
per cent of Frontenac-Mégantic with 35 per cent of Lotbinière-L'Érable.
In the 1996 redistribution, Mégantic-L'Érable riding was created
from 66 per cent of Frontenac, 32 per cent of Mégantic-Compton-Stanstead,
and seven per cent of Richmond-Wolfe.
Bloc Québécois candidate Marc Boulianne defeated incumbent
Liberal Gérard Binet in 2004. In 2000 in Frontenac-Mégantic,
Binet had defeated BQ incumbent Jean-Guy Chrétien by 1,366 votes.
Chrétien had won the previous two terms in Frontenac-Mégantic
In Frontenac, Liberal Léopold Corriveau won the 1970 byelection
and served until 1984. In 1984, Progressive Conservative Marcel Masse
defeated Corriveau. He was appointed minister of communications in 1984,
but resigned in 1985 in a conflict involving his finances from the 1984
campaign. He was exonerated and reappointed to cabinet in 1985 and appointed
minister of energy, mines and resources in 1986. After winning the 1988
election, Masse was appointed minister of communications in 1989 and minister
of defence in 1991. He resigned in 1993 and announced he wasn't running
1997 - BQ
2000 - LIB
2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: Oct. 9, 1941
Birthplace: Tadoussac, Que.
Education: BA from Laval University, 1966; BA (History) in 1970; Social Studies certificate in 1970; Certificate in Education
and college teaching certificate in 1970
Career Background: History and Economics teacher for the Black Lake-Disraeli school board from 1969 to 1993, and from 1996 to
1997. Professor of History and Economics at Thetford Mines College in 1975. Served as the interim principal at Disraeli secondary
school in 1989. Worked as political aide to the member for Frontenac-M�gantic from 1993 to 1996
Community Activities: Group head in social sciences, Regional school board of l'Amiante (1975 and 1983); chief area steward and
member of the board of directors, union of teaching personnel of l'Amiante (STEA - 1976); adviser to the Regional Committee for the
Protection of Human Rights (1977); chairman of the Teachers' Committee (1985); development committee delegate, Black Lake-Disraeli
school board (1985-1986); chairman, labour relations committee, Black Lake-Disraeli school board (1985-1986); regional officer,
public school promotion committee (1988)
Party: BQ riding organization director for Frontenac (1993); PQ riding organization director for Frontenac (1995 and 1996); and
BQ riding organization director for Frontenac-Mégantic (1997).
Provincial: Defeated in Rimouski in 1989. Elected in Frontenac in 1998; defeated in 2003
Federal: Elected in M�gantic-L'�rable in 2004
Committee: QUEBEC: Former Member: Committee on Institutions, Committee on Culture; Office of the National Assembly. Joint
Committee on the Library of Parliament
Caucus: Deputy Industry critic
1133 Gosselin Street
Thetford Mines, Que.
Room 408 West Block
House of Commons
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Graduate of the Université de Sherbrooke as well as Université Laval (master of corporate law)
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Julie Roberge
Children: Two sons and one daughter
Career Background: Member of the Quebec bar since 1997. Law practice in Thetford. Served as president of the Chambre de Commerce et de
l'Industrie de l'Amiante from 2004 to 2005
Party: Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: Sept. 1974
Birthplace: Black Lake
Profession: Theatre director
Marital Status: Engaged
Children: One daughter
Career Background: Theatre director, active
in the St-Pierre-Baptist Theatre and has worked as a Cégep drama
Riding Address: 418-428-4311
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: March 16, 1954
Birthplace: Thetford Mines, Que.
Education: MBA and an LL.B from the University of Sherbrooke
Marital Status: Married
Children: One daughter
Career Background: Member of the Quebec Bar since 1979. Practises law in Thetford Mines with the law firm Chabot Corriveau et
Associés. Current President of the Arthabaska Bar. Member of the Board of Directors of the Thetford Mines Caisse Populaire
Desjardins for approximately 10 years
Party: Served as director, vice-president and president of the Liberal Party in his riding
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: College Diploma from the Cégep de Saint-Félicien. Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the
University of Ottawa
Career Background: Took part (twice) in the Student Forum at the Quebec National Assembly and at the Youth Democrats Tournament.
Took part in a co-op program that allowed her to work with French-speaking women from minority and Aboriginal communities
Community Activities: For the past four years, involved in organizing fund-raising activities to help youth in need
Federal: Defeated in Roberval in 2004