This is a mixed urban and rural riding containing part of the regional
county municipality of Le Haut-Richelieu and reaching south to the U.S.
border. The major centres are St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, St-Luc and Iberville.
CFB St-Jean is in this riding as well as a key customs office.
Manufacturing is the main industry, followed by retail trade. The average family income is $56,488 with unemployment of 6.7 per cent.
Almost 94 per cent of the population cited French as a mother tongue in the 2001 census, while less than three per cent cited English. Only 2.6 per cent are immigrants.
There was no change to St-Jean in the 2004 redistribution. The riding of St-Jean existed from 1867 to 1892. It was re-established in 1966 from St-Jean-Iberville-Napierville and Chateauguay-Huntingdon-Laprairie. The 1996 redistribution kept 94 per cent of the riding.
In 2004, Bloc Québécois MP Claude Bachand captured 60 per
cent of the votes to defeat Liberal Michel Fecteau and win a fourth term.
Liberal François Bourassa won in St-Jean from 1867 to 1891 inclusive
and St-Jean-Iberville-Napierville was Liberal from 1896 up to the 1965
election. Progressive Conservative Paul Beaulieu won in 1965. Liberal
Walter Smith won three terms starting in 1968, followed by another Liberal,
Paul-André Masse, who won in 1979 and 1980.
PC André Bissonnette won in 1984, but resigned from his cabinet
post as minister of state for transport in 1987 for alleged land flips
in Quebec. In 1988, he was found not guilty of fraud, conspiracy and breach
of trust. PC Clement Couture won in 1988, but was defeated in 1993.
1968-80 inclusive - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Birth Date: Jan. 3, 1951
Birthplace: St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
Education: Studies in Physical Education at the University of Montreal, 1972-75
Marital Status: Divorced
Career Background: Educator at Centre d'accueil in Renfort from 1975-93
Community Activities: Member of the executive council, Solidarité populaire Haut-Richelieu (1988-1993). First VP,
Société montérégienne de développement (1987-1992). President, Mouvement Québec de la Montérégie (1991). Vice-president of the
project to preserver the biosphere of Lac Champlain and Mount Sutton (1991). President of central council of Haut-Richelieu CNTU
(1982-1989). Member of Société de promotion des aéroports de Montréal (1988).
Member of the organizing committee for the forum on full employment in Montérégie (1988).
Spokesperson for the Rochon Commission on health and social services (1986). Member of the board of directors,
Société du progrès de la Montérégie (1986). Spokesperson for the CNTU at the Beaudry Commission on labour relations (1984)
Municipal: 1989 - Ran unsuccessfully for municipal council in Saint-Jean
Federal: Elected in Saint-Jean in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004
Committee: 1994-97 - Vice-Chair, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development. Former Member: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
Development; National Defence and Veterans Affairs. 2004 - Vice-Chair - National Defence and Veterans' Affairs
Caucus: Former Critic Areas: Citizenship and Immigration; Cultural Industries; Indian Affairs & Northern Dev; Veterans' Affairs.
National Defence critic since 2000. Caucus Chair, 2000-02
747- A, rue Saint-Jacques, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
117-315, rue MacDonald, St-Jean, Que.
Room 326 West Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Diploma of Collegial Studies in Creative Arts from Champlain College. Communication Studies at Concordia University.
Pursuing a BA in Political Science at Concordia University
Party: Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: St. Jean region, Que.
Education: Student in Agriculture and Environomental Sciences (McGill University, MacDonald campus)
Community Activities: Active in student government and recylcling on campus. Participant in the "Not with the workshops of misery" program which addressed issues of globaization in the textile industry.
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: B.Ed. from McGill University (Mathematics), and a college diploma in Health Sciences from CÉGEP Édouard-Montpetit.
Studied Microbiology and Immunology. Graduate studies at McGill
Profession: International development consultant
Career Background: From 1995 to 1997, she was a project officer and member of the board of directors for Carrefour des Cèdres
(a non-governmental organization for international cooperation). Worked as a high school Mathematics teacher at l'école secondaire
Honoré-Mercier (CSDM), from 1991 to 1993, and a sales promotion agent for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1988
Community Activities: Director of the girls' division of the NDG Soccer Association. Past president of the McGill Multicultural
Society, an aggregation of 15 student associations, was a delegate for McGill at the international meeting of francophone universities
at Quebec's Laval University in 1987. Worked as a journalist for the French publication, McGill Daily, and as a news announcer for
Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Birth Date: May 25, 1975
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qué.
Education: B.Sc. with a minor in Communications, Public Relations and Administration from the University of Montreal.
Studying for an MBA from Concordia University
Profession: Public relations, project coordinator
Marital Status: Single
Career Background: Five years experience in public relations for the Canadian Space Agency, Aéroports de Montréal, and Bell
Canada. Twelve years experience in event and logistic coordinator for movies and artistic project. Employed by Cirque du Soleil
Community Activities: Organization of various non-profit concerts and events.
Party: Communication adviser for a federal NDP campaign in Quebec (2004)