This riding is located east of the St. Lawrence River in southern Quebec. The riding consists of the regional county municipalities of Acton and Les Maskoutains. The main centres are St-Hyacinthe, Acton Vale and Ste-Rosalie.
Manufacturing is the main industry with some agriculture, followed by other services. The average family income is $53,772 and unemployment is 6.6 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, 96 per cent of the population cited French as a mother tongue, while less than one per cent were anglophone. The total immigrant population is less than two per cent.
There was no change in the 2004 redistribution. This riding was St-Hyacinthe from 1867 to 1911, St-Hyacinthe-Rouville from 1914 to 1933, St-Hyacinthe-Bagot from 1933 to 1966 and St-Hyacinthe from 1966 to 1981. In 1981, the name changed to St-Hyacinthe-Bagot. The 1996 redistribution kept 97 per cent of the riding and added five per cent of Shefford.
The Bloc Québécois candidate, Yvan Loubier, has held this
riding since 1993. In 2004, he defeated his closest challenger by more
than 19,000 votes to win his fourth term as an MP.
Prior to that, Andrée Champagne of the Progressive conservative
party served for two terms. Marcel Ostiguy of the Liberal party was elected
in a byelection in 1978, after the resignation of Conservative MP Claude
Wagner, who was first elected federally in 1972.
Wagner had served earlier as a Liberal MNA and Quebec's attorney general
and minister of justice. Wagner ran for the provincial Liberal leadership
and lost to Robert Bourassa in 1970. In 1976, he ran for the leadership
of the federal Progressive Conservatives, but lost to Joe Clark by 65
votes. Wagner was appointed to the Senate in 1978, but died a year later
Ostiguy served as MP until he was ousted by Champagne in 1984.
Conservative J.-H.-Théogène Ricard served as MP for the riding from 1957 until 1972.
1935-1953 inclusive - LIB
1957-1974 inclusive - PC
1978 byelection, 1979, 1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Qu�b�cois
Birth Date: April 10, 1959
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.
Education: BA from University of Montreal in 1982, MA in Economics in 1985
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Anne-Louise Duranleau
Career Background: Principal economist to the president of l'Union des producteurs agricoles (1986-1991).
Consultant for the Parti Qu�b�cois and Jacques Parizeau on the issue of international commerce and for the GATT accord (1988-1992).
Analyst and editor for the nine non-aligned commissioners of the B�langer-Campeau Commission on the future of Quebec (1990-1991).
Economic adviser to Jean Campeau, Souverainet� Qu�bec Inc. (1991-1992). Economic consultant for Lucien Bouchard, the founder of the
Bloc Qu�b�cois (1991-1993)
Community Activities: Co-president, Comit� Info-Crime de la MRC des Maskoutains (since 2001); and MRC d'Acton (since 2004)
Federal: Co-author of the founding manifesto and program of the Bloc Qu�b�cois in 1991. Co-author of the Bloc Qu�b�cois platform
in 1993, 1997 and 2004. Elected in Saint Hyacinthe-Bagot in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004
Committee: Former vice-chair of Finance. Former member of Finance, Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources
Caucus: Former Critic for: Western Economic Diversification; International Financial Institutions; Indian Affairs and Northern
Development; Intergovernmental Affairs; Public Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Solicitor-General. Finance critic
2020, Girouard Ouest, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.
1900, des Cascades Ouest, St-Hyacinthe, PQ
Room 539-C Centre Block, House of Commons Ottawa, Ont.
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Degree in political science from the Universit� du Qu�bec � Montr�al
Profession: Public relations
Career Background: Former journalist with Radio-Canada. Worked at various radio stations, newspapers and magazines.
Certified member of the Canadian Public Relations Society. Senior partner of ScienceTech Communications. Former vice-president of
crisis and project management at Burson-Marsteller. Worked in research, communications and planning within various Qu�bec government
departments. Launched Alliance num�riQC
Party: Green Party of Canada
Education: Degree in Biology from the University of Moncton. Teaching certificate from the University of Quebec at Troi Rivieres
Marital Status: Married
Career Background: Owner of an organic farm for the past nine years. Was the founding president of the Quebec Federation of
Organic Agriculture. Teaches adult education classes in Math and Science
Community Activities: Member of the board of directors of the local Crossroads Youth Emplyment centre. Vice-president of a
local group that encourages young people to get involved in cabinet making
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Career Background: Worked as an information technology consultant for the European market from 1995-2000. In 2000, he started
his own company, Intellibox
Community Activities: Member of l'Association culturelle San Giovanni in Galdo since 1984. Member of the organization's
executive committee from 1996 to 2000
Municipal: Elected in 1998 as a trustee of the Montreal Board of Education representing the district of Rosemont Nord.
Served as a member of the budget committee and the executive committee for the Board from 1998-2000. Responsible for the Board's
information technology and communications files
Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Education: BA from the Université de Montréal. Completed a specialized certificate in Science, Technology and
Society from the Université du Québec à Montréal
Career Background: Managing Secretary of a hospital research centre. During her studies, wrote for various activist
publications, including Enjeu (for Environnement jeunesse), Caminando (for the Comité chrétien pour les droits humains en
Amérique latine). Director and journalist with Radio Centre-Ville