This riding is located in southeastern Quebec with the St. Lawrence River as part of its southwest boundary. The riding contains the city of Shawinigan, the regional county municipalities of Les Chenaux, Mékinac and Le Haut-St-Maurice. Communauté de Wemotaci Indian Reserve, Coucoucache Indian Reserve No. 24A and Obedjiwan Indian Reserve No. 28 fall in the riding.
The average family income is $49,508 and unemployment is 11.6 per cent. The economy is primarily based on manufacturing and the service sector.
According to the 2001 census, the immigrant population is less than one
per cent. The riding is 93 per cent francophone and the aboriginal population
is more than three per cent.
In 2004, the riding of St-Maurice-Champlain was created from 74 per cent of St-Maurice and 47 per cent of Champlain. The riding of St-Maurice existed from 1867 to 1892 and was recreated in 1966. In 1996, three per cent of Berthier-Montcalm was added.
The Bloc Québécois scored a political victory here in 2004,
when Marcel Gagnon defeated Liberal candidate Marie-Eve Bilodeau with
55 per cent of the vote.
This riding was held by former prime minister Jean Chrétien for
most of the past 40 years. Chrétien was first elected as MP in
1963 and won eight elections. He became prime minister in 1993 and racked
up three majority governments before resigning as both MP and prime minister
in 2003. Before becoming prime minister, Chrétien served as minister
of national revenue and minister of Indian affairs and northern development
in 1968; president of the Treasury Board in 1974; minister of industry,
trade and commerce in 1976; and minister of finance from 1977 to 1979.
He was named minister of justice, attorney general, minister of external
affairs and deputy prime minister in 1984, just before the Liberals went
under at the hands of Tory Brian Mulroney.
Chrétien resigned as MP in 1986 to resume a business and legal career. In the 1986 byelection, Liberal Gilles Grondin won. In 1988, Progressive Conservative Denis Pronovost was elected. He was found guilty in 1993 on two charges of sexually assaulting young men. He resigned from the PC caucus and said he wouldn't run again. In 1990, after winning the leadership of the Liberal party, Chrétien was elected for a single term in Beauséjour, N.B., before returning to win in this riding in 1993.
1935, 1940 - LIB
1945 - BLOC POPULAIRE CANADIEN
1949-58 inclusive - LIB
1962 - SC
1963, 1965 - LIB
1968-86 byelection inclusive - LIB
1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000 - LIB
2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Education: Bachelor of Physical Education (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
Career Background:President of the Commission scolaire de l'Énergie (since 1998). Interim coordinator of the child psychiatry
department at the Centre hospitalier régional de Trois-Rivières (May 2000 to September 2001). Specialist in psychomotor
rehabilitation at the Pavillon Arc-en-ciel for the Centre hospitalier régional de Trois-Rivières (August 1973 to May 2000 and
September 2001 to May 2005). Physical education teacher for the school adaptation sector at the Commission scolaire régionale
Saint-François de Drummondville (September 1972 to June 1973). Lecturer at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in
the physical education department and the education department
Community Activities: Representative of the Mauricie school boards on the board of the Fédération des commissions scolaires
du Québec (1992 to 1998). Chair of the provisional council created when the school boards merged to prepare the setup of the
Commission scolaire de l'Énergie (1997 to 1998). Representative of the Mauricie school boards on the Conseil régional des partenaires
du marché du travail (Emploi-Québec), region 04 (1997 to 2001). Member of the executive committee of the Fédération des commissions
scolaires du Québec (1999 to 2005). Board member of the Corporation des Arts et de la Culture for the city of Shawinigan
(since March 2004). Board member and secretary/treasurer of the Conseil local de développement de Shawinigan (since September 2004)
1397, 6e Avenue, Grand-Mère, Qué., G9T 2J7
568, rue Saint-Antoine, La Tuque, Qué., G9X 2Y7
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Mechanic's certificate, Institut de technologie de Trois-Rivières
Career Background: Worked as a machinist, mechanic and carpenter before returning to take over the family farm in 1976.
Transformed his operation from cattle to grain production. Does selective cutting and has been an Administrator for the Mauricie
Lumber Producers Union
Federal: Defeated in Saint-Maurice-Champlain in 2004.
Party: Green Party of Canada
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Que.
Profession: Accommodation counsellor
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Marcel
Career Background: Several positions as a manager and development officer amd is currently an accommodation counsellor in
Community Activities: Chair of the board of directors of the Trois-Rivières Health and Social Service Centre (2004),
vice-chair of the CHSLD Le Trifluvien board of directors since 2002. Involved in organizing the Christmas telethon fundraising event
from 1972 to 1998 and is also involved in many organizations and associations in the region, including AFEAS, the Trois-Rivières
Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Scout movement
Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Birthplace: Drummondville, Que.
Education: Finishing a micro-program in the second cycle of international management at the Université Laval
Career Background: Has 25 years professional experience in the area of infrastructure and environment
(water and water purification) in Quebec and abroad (Burundi, Morocco, Indonesia, Haiti and Mexico