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DISTRICT: Mount Royal
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Irwin CotlerLIB2424865.55% X
Neil Martin DrabkinCON662117.9%
Nicolas R. ThibodeauNDP24796.7%
Guillaume DussaultBQ21125.71%
Damien PichereauGRN14233.85%
Diane JohnstonML1060.29%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 194 of 194 polls reporting


079 Mount Royal

2006 Candidates:
BQ:Guillaume Dussault
CON:Neil Drabkin
GRN:Damien Pichereau
LIB:Irwin Cotler (Incumbent)
MLP:Diane Johnston
NDP:Nicolas Thibodeau


 Riding Map
The riding is located in the centre of the Island of Montreal and contains the former cities of Côte-St-Luc, Mount Royal, Hampstead and part of the city of Montreal.

Manufacturing employs a large part of the workforce, followed by health and social services. The average family income is $83,855 with an unemployment rate of 9.1 per cent. Over 25 per cent of the population has a university degree and more than 18 per cent of the population is over 65 years of age.

The riding has a large anglophone population, with 34 per cent having English as a mother tongue, while only 21 per cent have French. The riding is 22 per cent Jewish, according to the 2001 census. The total immigrant population is almost 45 per cent, with representation from the East Indian, Chinese and Italian communities. Only 40 per cent own their homes. In the 1995 referendum, this riding voted 93 per cent against separation.

There was no change in the 2004 redistribution. The riding was established in 1924. The 1996 redistribution kept 99 per cent of the riding, with a small part moving into Outremont.

Population: 98,346

Political History
Justice Minister Irwin Cotler easily held on to this riding for the Liberals in 2004, earning more than 75 per cent of the vote. Cotler was first elected in a 1999 byelection.

Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau was first elected here in 1965. He was elected Liberal leader in 1968 and re-elected in 1968, 1972, 1974, 1979 and 1980. In 1984, Trudeau resigned as leader of the party and as prime minister. A former Speaker, Liberal Alan MacNaughton, was MP from 1949 to 1965. Liberal Sheila Finestone won in 1984, 1988, 1993 and 1997. Finestone resigned in 1999 and was appointed to the Senate.

1925-1935 inclusive - CON
Since 1940 - LIB


Guillaume Dussault

Party: Bloc Québécois

Education: Second-year in Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Software Engineering at Universit� du Qu�bec � Montr�al. DEC in Information Systems Techniques from C�gep de Saint-Laurent
Profession: Programmer, IT

Career Background: Programmer/analyst (internship) at Recrubec/Permabec (2005-present). IT consultant (2003-present). IT manager for a cooperative (2001-2003). Data entry and computing/programming technician (2001, 2003). IT/office machines associate, Bureau en Gros store (2004-present). Supply purchaser's assistant at Laniel Canada (2002)

Community Activities: Member on board of directors representing technical programs students at C�gep de Saint-Laurent (2002-2003). Sound engineer for stage crew presenting all live show events at C�gep de Saint-Laurent (2000-2003)

Neil Drabkin

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: May 27, 1961
Age: 44
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.

Education: BA in political science (1983), McGill University, Bachelor of Civil Law (1987) and a Bachelor of Common Law (1988)

Career Background: Former Special Assistant to Minister of State for Immigration, a special adviser to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and Citizenship, a Crown attorney with the Department of Justice. Lawyer in private practice, specializing in immigration and citizenship, with a sub-specialty in federal criminal law. Member of Quebec Bar and Canadian Bar Association

Political History
Party: Active since university. In 1985, was the Youth President of Dollard; Policy Director for PC Youth (Quebec) from 1986 to 1987; sat on riding executive from 1988 to 1990
Federal: Defeated in Mount Royal in 1993. Defeated in Pierrefonds-Dollard in 1997, both times running for the PC Party. Defeated as Canadian Alliance in 2000

Campaign Office:
(514) 754-7160

Damien Pichereau

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Birth Date: 1982
Education: Final year of study at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal in Techniques d'éducation spécialisée.
Profession: Social worker

Career Background: Social worker with clients with autism

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Laval in 2004

Campaign Office:
(514) 271-9280

Irwin Cotler

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth Date: May 8, 1940
Age: 65
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.

Education: Law degree

Career Background: Senior adviser to John Turner, then Justice Minister and Attorney-General from 1968 to 1972. Prior to his election, was Professor of Law at McGill, Director of its Human Rights Programme and chair of Interamicus. As a lawyer practising constitutional and comparative law, he has litigated every section of Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Yale. Founded Pointe St-Charles Legal Aid Clinic over 30 years ago. In 1992, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is the only Canadian elected to the Paris-based Académie universelle des cultures and was the first recipient of the Justice Walter Tarnopolsky Memorial Medal and the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.

Community Activities: A founder of "Project Genesis", community service storefront office in Mount Royal riding. Has served as Council to prisoners of conscience in Soviet Union (Andrei Sakharov), South Africa (Nelson Mandela), Latin America (Jacobo Timmerman), Asia (Muchtar Pakpahan). Campaigned for liberation of, among others, Anatoly Scharansky. Has served as Counsel to National Coalition for Japanese-Canadian redress and Coalition for Women's Human Rights in Conflict Situations. Served as chair of the National Conference on Aboriginal Rights and the Canadian Justice System and co-chair of Canadian Helsinki Watch Group

Electoral History
Federal: Won in Mont-Royal in 2000 and 2004

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada in 2003
Committee: Former Chair: sub-committee on Human Rights and International Development of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Former member: Canadian Heritage; Justice and Human Rights; Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Member, Cabinet Committees: Domestic Affairs; Aboriginal Affairs; Canada/U.S.; Security, Public Health & Emergencies; Global Affairs

Riding Address:
4770 Kent Ave
Suite 316
Montreal, Que.
(514) 283-0171

Ottawa Address:
Room 312 West Block
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 995-0121

Diane Johnston

Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Nicolas Thibodeau

Party: New Democratic Party

Birth Date: Sept. 1977
Age: 28
Birthplace: Montreal

Education: Dec Intégré at Coll�ge Jean-de-Bébeuf; political sciences at the Université du Qu�bec à Montréal.

Career Background: Working for Smart Design Group, Vancouver-Montr�al-Londres (CTN) Klein Thibodeau Henderson Architecture & Design, in their Westmount office. Worked in a variety of veterinary organizations

Riding Address:
10 Wicksteed Ave., Mount-Royal Borough, QC, H3P 1P7
Tel.: 514.735.0398

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