This riding is located in southern Quebec, just north of Sherbrooke.
It contains the regional county municipalities of Asbestos and Arthabaska
and part of Le Val-St-François. The cities of Richmond and Windsor
and the municipalities of St-Denis-de-Brompton, St-François-Xavier-de-Brompton,
St-Claude, Ulverton, Val-Joli, Cleveland and Melbourne fall in the riding.
Manufacturing forms the economic base in this riding. The average family
income is $52,148 and the unemployment rate is 6.7 per cent.
Almost 94 per cent of the population speaks French as their mother tongue, while just over three per cent speak English. The total immigrant population is less than two per cent.
In the 2004 redistribution, 92 per cent of Richmond-Arthabaska was unchanged
and eight per cent of Lotbinière-L'érable and small areas
from Drummond and Compton-Stanstead were added. The riding of Richmond-Arthabaska
was created in the 1996 redistribution from 53 per cent of Lotbinière
and 57 per cent of Richmond-Wolfe.
Bloc Québécois candidate André Bellavance, who had
been defeated in 2000 in a tight race against Progressive Conservative
incumbent André Bachand, won the 2004 election with 55 per cent
of the vote, after Bachand refused to join the new Conservative party
and stepped down. The runnerup in 2004, with 27 per cent of the vote,
was Liberal Christine St-Pierre.
The old Richmond riding was held by Créditiste Leonel Beaudoin
from 1968 until 1979, when he was defeated by Liberal Alain Tardif. Tardif
won again in 1980 and 1984, but was defeated by Progressive Conservative
Yvon Côté in 1988. Gaston Leroux of the BQ won Richmond-Wolfe
Lotbinière riding was PC from 1957 to 1963 and then Liberal for
two terms. André Fortin won for the Créditistes in 1968,
1972 and 1974. He was leader of the Social Credit party after Réal
Caouette, but died in a car accident in 1977. Créditiste Richard
Janelle won the 1978 byelection and the 1979 general election. He switched
to join Joe Clark's minoirty Progressive Conservative government and was
defeated as a PC in 1980 by Liberal Jean-Guy Dubois. PC Maurice Tremblay
won in 1984 and 1988 and the BQ's Jean Landry won in 1993.
1997, 2000 - PC
2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Qu�b�cois
Birth Date: June 3, 1964
Birthplace: Victoriaville, Que.
Education: Degree in Public Communications, Laval University. Minor in Political Science, University of Montreal.
Law Studies, Laval University
Career Background: Parliamentary Assistant, BQ MP, Pierre Paquette (since 2001). Journalist at radio station KYQ-FM,
Bois-Francs-�rable region (1996-2000). Political Assistant Lotbini�re BQ MP(1993-1996). Journalist at radio station CFDA-AM in
Victoriaville (1992-93). Host and producer, radio station CFDA-AM in Victoriaville (1990-92). Host and journalist at radio stations
CKTL in Plessisville and CFDA in Victoriaville (1989-1990)
Community Activities: Volunteer, Journ�e du partage (1998 to 2000); Volunteer, l'Op�ration citrouille (1996 to 2000).
President, Syndicat des employ�s et des employ�es du R�seau des Appalaches CSN (1992-1993). Member, F�d�ration professionnelle des
journalistes du Qu�bec (1992-1993)
Federal: Defeated in Richmond-Arthabaska in 2000. Elected in Richmond-Arthabaska in 2004
24, rue Notre-Dame Est, Victoriaville, Que.
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: October 3, 1948
Birthplace: St-Val�re, Que.
Education: Diploma in culinary arts (1967) and diploma in photography. Pilot's licence (1979)
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: H�l�ne Mailhut
Career Background: 1981 - Founder, Landry Aerial Photography. 1985 - Founder, Jean Landry Photographic Studio.
1971-1993 - Dietetic department, Hotel-Dieu d'Arthabaska
Community Activities: Founding member, Independent Union, l'H�tel Dieu d'Arthabaska, 1982 and member of the executive, 1991-93.
1985-86 - Founder and president, Canadian National Foundation for Sobriety, Bois-Francs/Lotbini�re. Optimist Club St-Val�re:
Founding member, 1981, vice president, 1982, president, 1983. 1967 - Member, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Victoriaville; member of
executive, 1968. 1983 - Qu�bec Chamber of Commerce. 1988-90 - Bois-Francs Chamber of Commerce. 1988-90 - Association of Pilots of
Bois-Francs Regional. 1969-70 - Junior Chamber of Commerce, Bois-Francs, St-Fran�ois. 1972 - CNTU, Victoria-Plessisville Red Cross:
volunteer, 1975-76; executive director, Bois Francs, 1977-78
Provincial: Defeated as ADQ in Arthabaska in 1998
Federal: Elected as BQ in Lotbini�re in 1993, defeated as IND in 1997. Defeated as PC in Lotbini�re-L'Erable in 2000.
Defeated as CON in Lotbini�re-Chutes-de-la-Chaudi�re in 2004
Committee: 1994-96 - Assoc Member: Human Rights & Status of Disabled Persons. Since 1994 - Member: Agriculture and Agri-Food
Caucus: 1993, 1994 - Asst Critic: Regional Development - Eastern Quebec. Feb 1996 - Asst Agriculture & Agri-Food critic
Party: Green Party of Canada
Career Background: Worked in the field of education for 33 years
Community Activities: Five years of work with the ObservAction Network of Biosphere Environment Canada and the creation of a
research project studying and tracking the flow of Ottawa's drinking water. In 1999, presented a report on the Wetlands to the BAPE
commission responsible for the management of water
Federal: Defeated in Compton-Stanstead in 2004
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1985
Education: College Degree from Champlain Regional College in Lennoxville and is currently in his second year of studies in
civil law at University of Ottawa
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: Studying Environment and Geography at Bishop's University
Career Background: Receptionist at the Atlantis Rock-Forest health club. Was a mathematics teacher to youth at the high school
Community Activities: Was a visitors' service clerk at �les-de-Boucherville National Park and at Mont St-Bruno
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