This rural riding surrounds Lac St-Jean. Lac Péribonka and
Rivière Péribonka form part of the eastern boundary. It contains
the regional county municipalities of Le Domaine-du-Roy and Maria-Chapdelaine
and part of Lac-St-Jean-Est. The Mashteuiatsh Indian Reserve is in the riding.
The main population centres are around Lac St-Jean itself in the southeast
and include Roberval and St-Félicien.
The economy in this riding is based on manufacturing, forestry and some agriculture. The average family income is $50,249 with an unemployment rate of 15.7 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, the total immigrant population is only
0.44 per cent, but 2.56 per cent of the riding's residents are aboriginal.
More than 97 per cent of the population cited French as a mother tongue,
while 0.29 cited English. This riding voted 66 per cent in favour of separation
in the 1995 referendum.
In 2004, 85 per cent of the riding was retained and 31 per cent from
Lac-St-Jean-Saguenay was added in the southeast. This riding was established
in 1947. There was no change in the 1996 redistribution.
In 2004, Bloc Québécois MP Michel Gauthier defeated Liberal
Michel Mallette with 59 per cent of the vote, to win a fourth term of
office. He was elected BQ leader in 1996, but announced later that year
that he would step down as leader in 1997.
Social Credit's C.A. Gauthier won in 1962 and was MP until 1980, part of that time with Ralliement Créditiste. Liberal Suzanne Beauchamp-Niquet won in 1980. Progressive Conservative Benoît Bouchard won in 1984 and 1988. He was appointed minister of state for transport in 1984, secretary of state in 1985, minister of employment and immigration in 1986, minister of transport in 1988, minister of industry, science and technology in 1990 and minister of health and welfare in 1991. He announced he wouldn't be running again for the 1993 campaign and was named Canadian ambassador to France.
1949 - LIB
1952 byelection - PC
1953, 1957 - LIB
1958 - PC
1962-79 inclusive - SC/R des C
1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Qu�b�cois
Birth Date: Feb. 18, 1950
Education: Diploma in Education Administration, University of Sherbrooke. Diploma in Human Resource Management,
University of Quebec in Chicoutimi, studies in pedagogy, �cole normale de Roberval and UQAC
Marital Status: Divorced
Children: Two adult children, Alexandre and Isabelle
Career Background: Teacher and administrator, Roberval School Board (taught at local grade school), 1970-81.
Director-general of Roberval School Board, 1988-93
Provincial: MNA for Roberval, 1981-88. Became leader of BQ on Feb. 17, 1996. Stepped down on March 15, 1997
Federal: Elected in Roberval in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004
Parliamentary Secretary: To Quebec Minister of Finance Jacques Parizeau, 1982-85
Committee: Vice-president of the Quebec Social Affairs Committee, 1985-88. Member of board of Internal Economy and Procedure and
House Affairs, 1994-96. Former member of Special Committee on the Modernization and Improvement of the Procedures of the House of
Commons. Member of board of Internal Economy since 1997
Caucus: Former intergovernmental affairs critic and Privy Council critic. Former BQ House leader. Current critic for leader of
the government in the House of Commons
731 boul. St-Joseph, Roberval, Que.
208-775 blvd St-Joseph, Roberval, Que.
531-C Centre Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Degree from Université Laval
Profession: consultant dietician
Career Background: Worked in several hospitals for more than 30 years. Professor of administration and nutrition at the
Universit� de Chicoutimi, as well as at the Chicoutimi and St-F�licien cegeps
Community Activities: Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board from 1992 to 2001
Federal: Defeated in Roberval in 2004
Party: Green Party of Canada
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: Completing a combined BA, with a major in Political Science and a minor in Sociology, at the University of Quebec in
Chicoutimi. Graduate of Roberval Polyvalente High School and completed his CEGEP studies in humanities at Saint-F�licien
Community Activities: He is the co-founder of the Young Liberals of Canada Club at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi and
was also involved in the student movement as the vice-President of the Students Association at the Saint-F�licien CEGEP
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: BA in Philosophy. Studied Bioethics and Literature
Career Background: Has taught philosophy for the past 12 years and worked at colleges in Rimouski, Chicoutimi and Alma,
where he is on the board of directors. Author of numerous articles published in many countries, mostly in French but also in English
Community Activities: Former member of the Executive of the teachers' union at the Collège d'Alma. Founding member of the
Regroupement québécois pour la simplicité volontaire