This is a mainly rural riding located north of Ottawa in the southwest of Quebec. The Ottawa River forms the southern boundary. The riding contains the regional county municipalities of Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais, Pontiac and La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau as well as part of the city of Gatineau made up of the former cities of Buckingham and Masson-Angers. The Rapid Lake and Kitigan Zibi Indian reserves are also in the riding. It includes Maniwaki, Mont-Laurier, and approximately 60 villages, including Farrellton, Low, Venosta, Fort Coulonge and Shawville.
The economic base is distributed among the service sector, the retail industry, government services and health and social services. The average family income is $58,377 with an unemployment rate of 8.3 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, 24 per cent of the population are anglophone,
while almost 72 per cent spoke French as their mother tongue. The total
immigrant population is less than three per cent. The aboriginal population
is almost three per cent.
The 2004 redistribution kept 67 per cent from Pontiac-Gatineau-Labelle and added 17 per cent from Gatineau, mainly the Buckingham and Masson-Angers areas. The riding was renamed Pontiac. This riding was called Pontiac from 1867 to 1947, Pontiac-Témiscamingue from 1947 to 1966 and Pontiac from 1966 to 1976. The riding of Pontiac-Gatineau-Labelle was established in 1976 by combining Pontiac, Hull and small parts of Labelle and Gatineau. In 1996, the riding added 11 per cent of Gatineau-La-Lièvre.
In 2004, Liberal David Smith won his first term by defeating Bloc Québécois
candidate L-Hubert Leduc. Liberal Robert Bertrand served three terms in
Pontiac-Gatineau-Labelle from 1993 to 2004.
This riding elected both Progressive Conservatives and Liberals from 1867 to 1949 and was Liberal from 1949 to 1957 inclusive. PC Paul Martineau was elected in 1958, 1962 and 1963. Liberal Tom Lefebvre was elected in 1965 and served six terms. He was appointed to the Senate in 1984. PC Barry Moore won in 1984 and 1988, but was defeated in 1993.
1968-80 inclusive - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - LIB
Party: Bloc Québécois
Education: Certificate in Regional Development, Summer school University of Lyon
Career Background: President of the Draveurs School Commission (since 1990). President of the Outaouais Regional Development
council(2000-2004). Member of the general council of the Federation of School Commissions of Quebec (since 1998)
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Dec. 6, 1947
Education: BA in Politicsl Science from the University of Montreal (1971). MBA from Laval University (1979)
Career Background: Adviser to Premier Robert Bourassa from 1971 to 1976. Financial analyst, la Société
de développement industriel from 1979 to 1981. President and Dir-Gen, Les Radiateurs Roy ltée from 1981 to 1985.
Appointed vice-president of Governmental Affairs at Unitel in 1994. Appointed member of the Commission on Economic Development of the
City of Hull in 1994. Consultant in informational technology in 1995. Appointed by Stephen Harper as Deputy Chief of Staff and
associate executive director of the Conservative Party of Canada. Became president of Outaouais Transportation Society in 2002.
Appointed president, Urban Transit Assoc of Québec(ATUQ) in 2004
Municipal: Cap-Rouge Municipal Councillor from 1979 to 1985. Elected municipal councillor in new City of Hull in 2001
Provincial: Elected as Liberal in La Peltrie in 1985 and 1989. Resigned as Member of the National Assembly on Jan. 31, 1994
Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Minister of Communications from October 1990 to January 1994
Parliamentary Secretary: To the Minister of Commerce and Development from 1985 to 1998. To the Minister of Tourism from 1988 to
1989. Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly from November 1989 to October 1990
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: New Liskeard, Ont.
Career Background: Community Developer at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
Community Activities: Has been coordinating the Ottawa Food Security Council with a priority on the "Buy Local Project",
which connects city residents directly with local farmers. Has worked on helping to establish community gardens, on supporting low
income communities to participate in municipal decision-making, etc. Recently took leave from work to learn organic farming in the
Maritime provinces, and then lived in Guatemala, where she was involved in coordinating international observers for the 2003 election
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Sept. 25, 1963
Birthplace: Maniwaki, Que.
Education: Graduate in administration from Heritage College, Hull. Registered at graduate-level specialized public administration
program at ÉNAP in Gatineau
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Anne Ethier
Children: Two - Cynthia and Sébastien
Career Background: More than 15 years experience in organizational management, human resources, property management, and
management of multidisciplinary complex projects. Works as a business manager with Public Works and Government Services Canada.
Was previously director of strategic development for Jaguar Solutions and executive director with AGM Informatique. Was also manager
of Ameublement Branchard for six years
Community Activities: Former member of the CEMB, working on the school establishment council, served as a volunteer with the
Quebec Ice Hockey Federation and the Canadian Cancer Society. Serves as a volunteer with the Saint-Pierre Chanel scout movement.
Member of the Quebec Aboriginal Alliance
Party: Involved in politics for a number of years, particularly with the Liberal Party of Quebec
Municipal: Former Municipal Councillor in Maniwaki
Federal: Elected in Pontiac in 2004
Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Member: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; Canadian Heritage
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House of Commons
Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
Party: New Democratic Party
Year of Birth: 1962
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.
Education: Master's degree in Second Language Learning and Teaching from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
BA (Hons.) in Economics with minor in Environmental Science from McGill University
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Jim MacKinnon
Children: Two Chloé and Maxime
Career Background: Has work experience in Zimbabwe with the World University Service of Canada, from 1986 to 1988.
French second language teacher in the Western Quebec School Board since 1989. Chair of School Council Coordinator of Chelsea
Elementary-École du Grand Boisé Linguistic Exchange Program. Published The Chelsea Wetlands' Herbal, Quebec Ministry of
Education Pedagogical Innovation Project
Community Activities: Returned to Zimbabwe for Oxfam Canada with her partner and two children, from 1998 to 2001. Volunteer
with Amnesty International Canada. Co-ordinator of Canada-Zimbabwe MP Twinning Campaign. Writer for the Amnesty International's
Zimbabwe web page. Member of Action Chelsea for the Respect of the Environment