This is a largely rural riding in the southwest of Quebec, northwest of Montreal. It has Rivière-du-Nord as part of its southern boundary and contains the regional county municipality of La Rivière-du-Nord. The riding includes the communities of St-Jérôme, St-Hippolyte and Prévost.
Manufacturing is the main industry in this riding, followed by retail trade. Tourism and related industries are also important, due to numerous golf clubs and ski resorts in the area. The average family income is $52,617 and unemployment is 7.5 per cent.
More than 94 per cent of the population cited French as a mother tongue, while less than two per cent were English speakers. The total immigrant population is a little more than two per cent.
The riding of Rivière-du-Nord was created in the 2004 redistribution from 55 per cent of Laurentides, seven per cent of Berthier-Montcalm and eight per cent of Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel.
In 2004, Bloc Québécois candidate Monique Guay captured
two-thirds of the vote to earn her fourth term as an MP, defeating Liberal
Lorraine Auclair. Guay was first elected in Laurentides in 1993.
In Laurentides in 1988, PC Jacques Vien was elected.
2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Qu�b�cois
Birth Date: Oct. 27, 1959
Birthplace: Ile Bizard, Que.
Education: Administration courses, Dawson College and McGill from 1977-81
Profession: Real estate
Marital Status: Widow
Children: Two: Patrick, Julie
Career Background: Since 1987, owner of Monivest Immobilier Inc. (real estate)
Community Activities: Former member of board of directors, Saint-J�r�me Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Quebec
Businesswomen's Association, former member of the Laurentides Development Corporation
Federal: Elected in Laurentides in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004
Committee: Former vice-chair of Government Operations; and Environment and Sustainable Development. Former member of Citizenship
and Immigration; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; sub-committee on Children and Youth at Risk;
Special Committee on the Modernization and Improvement of the Procedures of the House of Commons; and sub-committee on Public Service
Renewal of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. Member of Human Resources, Skills Development, and Social
Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Caucus: Former critic for environment; international co-operation; and La Francophonie. Current labour critic. Vice-chair of BQ
caucus from 1993-95 and 2001-02. Caucus chair since July 2002
301-223, rue St-Georges, St-J�r�me, Que.
Room 408 West Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.
Education: Studied business administration at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Completing a certificate in management
at École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal
Career Background: Started career with Autobus La Montréalaise, a subsidiary of the Sogesco Group, when he was 27.
Youngest regional manager of a company employing some 1,100 people in Quebec
Community Activities: President of the Comité de Citoyens et Citoyennes de la municipalité de Saint-Calixte
Party: Involved in several election campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal levels
Federal: Defeated in Laurier in 2004
Party: Green Party of Canada
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: BA in Political Science and a college certificate in telecommunications
Marital Status: Married
Career Background: Worked for Bosi Expansion and was responsible for special projects and business development.
Worked as director of operations for Appar-aide and served in the 4th Royal Battalion, 22nd Regiment of the Canadian Forces
Community Activities: Served as vice-president of his university's students association (A�MSP), as a member of his region's chamber
of commerce (CCIMN), and has been involved with several non-profit organizations
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: International Bachelor's degree in Natural Science. Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a
concentration in aeronautics from the École Polytechnique de Montréal. Studied at the University of Alberta in Edmonton
as part of his engineering program
Career Background: Works as an assistant technical specialist with Bell Helicopter in Mirabel
Community Activities: Air Cadet from 1993 to 1998 and attained the rank of Master Sergeant