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DISTRICT: Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Louise ThibaultBQ1980446.38% X
Roger PicardCON948122.2%
Michel TremblayLIB825419.33%
Guy CaronNDP41869.8%
François BédardGRN9732.28%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 213 of 213 polls reporting


089 Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques

2006 Candidates:
BQ:Louise Thibault (Incumbent)
CON:Roger Picard
GRN:François Bédard
LIB:Michel Tremblay
NDP:Guy Caron


 Riding Map
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.

Population: 84,557

Political History
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


Louise Thibault

Party: Bloc Québécois

Birth Date: 1947
Birthplace: Montreal

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, Bic-Saint- Fabien

Electoral History
Federal: Elected in Rimouski-T�miscouata in 2004

Political History
Committee: Member: Government Operations and Estimates
Caucus: Critic for Public Works and Government Services

Campaign Address:
320, rue Saint-Germain Est, pi�ce 703, Rimouski, Que.
(418) 721-3543
Riding Address:
701-320 Saint Germain E., Rimouski, Que.
(418) 725-2562
Ottawa Address:
Room 417 Confed Bldg, House of Commons, Ottwaw, Ont.
(613) 992-5302

Roger Picard

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Age: 36
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

Campaign Address:
(418) 723-8686

François Bédard

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

Campaign Office:
(418) 380-6692

Michel Tremblay

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: March 28, 1933
Age: 72
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
Profession: Educator

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

Electoral History
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

Political History
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

Campaign Address:

Guy Caron

Party: New Democratic Party

Birth Date: May 13, 1968
Age: 37
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)

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Rimouski-T�miscouata (2004)

Campaign Office:
55, rue de Normandie, Rimouski, Que.
(418) 732.4318

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