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DISTRICT: Saint-Maurice-Champlain
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Jean-Yves LaforestBQ2153244.34% X
Martial ToupinCON1602833.01%
Lucille WhissellLIB561211.56%
Claude LarocqueNDP36847.59%
Pierre AudetteGRN17053.51%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 230 of 230 polls reporting

Ridings

100 Saint-Maurice-Champlain

2006 Candidates:
BQ:Jean-yves Laforest
CON:Martial Toupin
GRN:Pierre Audette
LIB:Lucille Whissell
NDP:Claude Larocque


RIDING PROFILE

 Riding Map
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.

Population: 97,893

Political History
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.

St-Maurice-Lafleche:
1935, 1940 - LIB
1945 - BLOC POPULAIRE CANADIEN
1949-58 inclusive - LIB
1962 - SC
1963, 1965 - LIB

St-Maurice:
1968-86 byelection inclusive - LIB
1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000 - LIB

St-Maurice-Champlain:
2004 - BQ



CANDIDATE PROFILES

Jean-yves Laforest

Party: Bloc Qu�b�cois

Education: Bachelor of Physical Education (Universit� du Qu�bec � Trois-Rivi�res)

Career Background:President of the Commission scolaire de l'�nergie (since 1998). Interim coordinator of the child psychiatry department at the Centre hospitalier r�gional de Trois-Rivi�res (May 2000 to September 2001). Specialist in psychomotor rehabilitation at the Pavillon Arc-en-ciel for the Centre hospitalier r�gional de Trois-Rivi�res (August 1973 to May 2000 and September 2001 to May 2005). Physical education teacher for the school adaptation sector at the Commission scolaire r�gionale Saint-Fran�ois de Drummondville (September 1972 to June 1973). Lecturer at the Universit� du Qu�bec � Trois-Rivi�res in the physical education department and the education department

Community Activities: Representative of the Mauricie school boards on the board of the F�d�ration des commissions scolaires du Qu�bec (1992 to 1998). Chair of the provisional council created when the school boards merged to prepare the setup of the Commission scolaire de l'�nergie (1997 to 1998). Representative of the Mauricie school boards on the Conseil r�gional des partenaires du march� du travail (Emploi-Qu�bec), region 04 (1997 to 2001). Member of the executive committee of the F�d�ration des commissions scolaires du Qu�bec (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 d�veloppement de Shawinigan (since September 2004)

Campaign Addresses:
1397, 6e Avenue, Grand-M�re, Qu�., G9T 2J7
(819) 533-0306
blocstmaurice@bellenet.ca
568, rue Saint-Antoine, La Tuque, Qu�., G9X 2Y7
(819) 523-2036
blocst-maurice@tlb.sympatico.ca





Martial Toupin

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Education: Mechanic's certificate, Institut de technologie de Trois-Rivi�res
Profession: Farmer

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

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Saint-Maurice-Champlain in 2004.

Campaign Address:
(819) 537-7560



Pierre Audette

Party: Green Party of Canada









Campaign Address:
(819) 662-3111
paudette@partivert.ca
http://testride.greenparty.ca/article100.html blogs.mediapublinet.net/index.php?blog=28




Lucille Whissell

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birthplace: Trois-Rivi�res, Que.

Profession: Accommodation counsellor

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Marcel
Children: Two

Career Background: Several positions as a manager and development officer amd is currently an accommodation counsellor in Trois-Rivi�res

Community Activities: Chair of the board of directors of the Trois-Rivi�res 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-Rivi�res Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Scout movement

Campaign Address:
Lucille.Whissel@plcq.org
whissell.plcq.ca



Claude Larocque

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

Campaign Address:
(819) 536-3732
claude.larocque@npd.qc.ca





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ELECTION RESULTSDetails>
1241035129
Total Elected and Leading
CON124036.27%
LIB103030.23%
BQ51010.48%
NDP29017.48%
IND10.52%
OTH005.02%

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