This rural riding is in eastern Quebec. It runs from the St. Lawrence
River to the Canadian-U.S. border. It contains the regional county municipalities
of Kamouraska, L'Islet and Montmagny, and Rivière-du-Loup, including
Cacouna Indian Reserve No. 22 and Whitworth Indian Reserve No. 21.
Manufacturing is the main industry, followed by other services. The average family income is $48,640 and unemployment is 8.9 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, almost 97 per cent of the population had
French as their mother tongue, while only 0.28 per cent spoke English
first. The total immigrant population is only 0.58 per cent. Almost 18
per cent of the population has less than a Grade 9 education. Almost 15
per cent of the population is more than 65 years of age.
This riding of Rivière-du-Loup-Montmagny was created in 2004 from 63 per cent of Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata-Les Basques and 52 per cent of Bellechasse-Etchemins-Montmagny-L'Islet.
In 2004, Bloc Québécois candidate Paul Crête earned
12,403 more votes than his nearest competitor, Liberal Isabelle Mignault.
Crête was first elected in Kamouraska-Rivière du Loup in
In 2000 in Bellechasse-Etchemins-Montmagny-L'Islet, Liberal Gilbert Normand
defeated the BQ's François Langlois for the second time. He was
appointed secretary of state for agriculture and agri-food and fisheries
and oceans in 1997, as well as secretary of state for research and development,
a post he held until 2002.
In Kamouraska-Rivière du Loup riding, Rosaire Gendron won in 1979 and 1980. In 1984, PC André Plourde defeated Liberal Pierre Pettigrew. Plourde won again in 1988.
2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: April 8, 1953
Birthplace: Hérouxville, Quebec
Education: B.Sc. in Administration from Université Laval (1972-74). Other courses he has taken include:
CFG; École Nationale d'Administration Publique and Écoles des Hautes Études Commerciales
Marital Status: Partner
Name of Spouse: Myriam Santerre
Children: Three - Audrey, Renaud and Maude
Career Background: Employee benefits officer with the Quebec Department of Communications from 1975 to 1977. Personnel
recruitment officer with the Quebec public service from 1977 to 1979. Human resources management consultant, Department of Agriculture,
Food and Fisheries, from 1979 to 1984. Lecturer, University of Quebec at Rimouski, in 1983. Personnel director and secretary-general,
CÉGEP de La Pocatière, from 1984 to 1993
Community Activities: Founding member, Place aux Jeunes in Kamouraska. Co-ordinator and spokesperson, Solidarité
Rurale du Kamouraska. President, Comité d'aide au développement des collectivités de Kamouraska, 1991-92.
President, Comité de reclassement des ex-employés de Bombardier in La Pocatière. Executive director,
Fondation du CÉGEP de La Pocatière
Party: President of BQ, eastern region of Quebec, from 1992 to 1993. President, Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup BQ from 1992
to 1993. Director general for the No committee for the Kamouraska-Témiscouata region in the 1992 referendum. Regional president
of the PQ in Eastern Quebec from 1987 to 1988. President of the PQ in Gaspé from 1980 to 1984
Federal: Elected: in Kamouraska-Rivi�re du Loup in 1993; in Kamouraska-Rivi�re-du-Loup-T�miscouata-Les Basques in 1997, 2000;
in Rivi�re-du-Loup-Montmagny in 2004
Committee: Former Member: Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Industry, Science &
Technology. Vice-chair: Industry, Science and Technology
Caucus: Former Critic for: Rural Solidarity; Pension Reform; Transport; Human Resources Development; Children and Youth.
Human Resources Development; Children and Youth
5, rue Iberville
Room 418 Confed Bldg
House of Commons
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Profession: Electrical engineer
Career Background: Self-employed
Community Activities:Involved with student community organizations
Telephone: (418) 682-1118
Party: Green Party of Canada
Career Background: Has worked as an education adviser,
professor and educational activities co-ordinator. Currently
works as a development agent
Municipal: Elected to city council
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Profession: Financial worker
Career Background: Served as the director general for the Pascal-Taché Teachers' Caisse populaire in 1985 and is
currently responsible for the Côte-du-Sud and Eastern Quebec service centres for the Caisse d'économie Desjardins
de l'éducation. Previously owned her own business
Municipal: Served as a municipal councillor for the City of Montmagny from 2001 to 2005
Municipal: As a city counsillor, was responsible for the financial management of regional events
Party: New Democratic Party