089 Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques
This rural riding is located in eastern Quebec on the banks of the
lower St. Lawrence River. It borders on both New Brunswick and the United
States. The riding contains the regional county municipalities of Les Basques,
Rimouski-Neigette and Témiscouata.
The economy is diverse. Both the University of Quebec and a correctional
institution are located in Rimouski. The main industries are retail trade
and other services. The average family income is $51,288 and unemployment
is 12.6 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, the immigrant population is less than one
per cent. Almost 97 per cent of the population speaks French as their
mother tongue, while 0.4 per cent speak English. Almost 15 per cent of
the population has less than a Grade 9 education.
In the redistribution of 2004, 73 per cent of Rimouski-Neigette-et-la-Mitis was combined with 37 per cent from Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata-Les Basques. The riding was renamed Rimouski-Témiscouata, a name it had held from 1980 to 1996. This riding was established as Rimouski in 1867. The 1996 redistribution kept 74 per cent of the riding and added 27 per cent from Matapédia-Matane. The name was changed to Rimouski-Mitis by a private member's bill and to Rimouski-Neigette-et-la-Mitis in 2000.
Louise Thiboult was elected as an MP for the first time in Rimouski-Témiscouata
in 2004 with 58 per cent of the vote. The BQ's Suzanne Tremblay had held
the riding from 1993 until 2004.
Social Credit's Eudore Allard was MP from 1972 to 1980, when Liberal
Eva Côté won a single term. PC Monique Vézina won in
1984 and 1988. She was appointed minister for external relations in 1984
and minister of supply and services in 1986, minister of state for transport
in 1987, minister of state for employment and immigration in 1988 and
minister for external relations and international development in 1993.
1911 - CON
1917-57 inclusive - LIB
1958 - PC
1962 - LIB
1963 - SC
1965, 1968 - LIB
1972, 1974, 1979 - SC
1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: 1947
Education: Teacher's certificate - Quebec 1970, Ontario, 1988. Master's in Ethics, UQAR (studies ended in 2002) Bachelor's
Degree in Pedagogy, University of Montreal, 1970
Profession: Civil Servant
Career Background: Director, Customs Border Service, Region of Quebec, Revenue Canada, 1994-97. Director-General,
Training and Improvement Service, Customs and Excise, Revenue, Canada, 1990-94. Director, New Horizons Program, Health and Welfare
Canada, 1984-86 Interim Dir-Gen, Social Services Division, Health and Welfare, 1983-84. Director, Claims and Benefits Section,
Health & Welfare, 1980-83. Chief, Regional Services - Ontario, Health & Welfare, 1979-80. Director, Official Language Management,
Health & Welfare, 1977-79. From 1970 to 1977, several different positions in the federal public service.
Official Representative and Delegate for Canada and Revenue Canada, Customs and Excise, l'Organisation Mondiale des Douanes, 1990-1995.
Adviser to the municipality of Bic, 2003; Member of the Human Resources Committe. Member, Corporation de d�veloppement touristique,
Federal: Elected in Rimouski-T�miscouata in 2004
Committee: Member: Government Operations and Estimates
Caucus: Critic for Public Works and Government Services
320, rue Saint-Germain Est, pi�ce 703, Rimouski, Que.
701-320 Saint Germain E., Rimouski, Que.
Room 417 Confed Bldg, House of Commons, Ottwaw, Ont.
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Studied administration at Coll�ge Montmorency in Laval
Profession: Military officer
Children: One daughter
Career Background: Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces and is in charge of training and teaching cadets.
Starting his own business in his community
Community Activities: Raises funds for charitable associations and for various youth development activities
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1968
Birthplace: Quebec City
Education: Computer Science (Laval University)
Profession: Provincial civil servant
Career Background: Currently on sabbatical from an analyst position with the purchasing directorate
Community Activities: Volunteers with the United Way and Greenpeace
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: March 28, 1933
Birthplace: Cap-�-l'Aigle, Que.
Education:Graduated from Rimouski Technical School in 1956 and received a certificate in Pedagogy from Tanguay Normal School in
Rimouski. University of Quebec, work towards a BA in special education
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Michelle Bellavance
Children: Four: H�l�ne, Martine, Dominique, Jean-Francois
Career Background: Teacher at the Rimouski Technical School and at the Paul-Hubert polyvalente (1957-1970). Specialist in
education science, working at the regional office of the Department of Education in Rimouski, where he was the pedagogical development
officer for adult education (1971-1972), and then coordinator of vocational education for the Lower St. Lawrence, Gasp� and Magdalen
Islands region (1972-1978). Executive Director of the Lower St. Lawrence Construction Association from 1978 to 1980 before becoming
the Executive Director of B�tonag Lt�e for the Rimouski, Rivi�re-du-Loup and Cabano plants (1980-1985)
Community Activities: He has been involved over the years in various organizations, including the Rimouski Chamber of Commerce,
the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Rimouski Richelieu Club, the Quebec Heart Foundation and the Orignal District Scouts and Guides
Municipal: Elected mayor of the City of Rimouski in 1994, re elected in November 1998 and again in November 2001 for the new
merged City of Rimouski
Provincial: Elected in Rimouski in 1985, 1989; defeated in 1994, 1998
Parliamentary Secretary: 1989-90 - to Minister of Education, Higher Education and Science. 1990 - to Minister of Municipal
Affairs. March 8, 1994 - Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly
Committee: Member of Parliamentary Committee on Education from Dec 1986 to March 1994. Member of Planning and Equipment
Committee for four years, and a member of the Culture Committee and the Social Affairs Committee for one year
Party: New Democratic Party
Birth Date: May 13, 1968
Birthplace: Rimouski, Que.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Ottawa. Masters in Economics from the University of Quebec
Career Background: Worked at a community radio station. Wrote for the Progr�s-�cho and Rimouskois newspapers. Worked as a media
relations officer for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Employed by the Council of Canadians, a non-profit organization
Community Activities: Served two terms as president of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa. President of the
Canadian Federation of Students (1994-1995). Vice-president of the board of directors of Voyages Campus/Travel Cuts (1994)
Federal: Defeated in Rimouski-T�miscouata (2004)
55, rue de Normandie, Rimouski, Que.