This mainly urban riding on the St. Lawrence River includes the former cities of Trois-Rivières, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, St-Louis-de-France and Ste-Marthe-du-Cap, all now part of Trois-Rivières. Rivière St-Maurice separates the former city of Trois-Rivières from other former cities in the riding.
The major industry, pulp and paper, is based in Trois-Rivières. Manufacturing accounts for nine per cent of employment, followed by retail trade at seven per cent. Average family income is $52,460 and unemployment is 10.7 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, over 95 per cent of the population cited French as a first language, while just over one per cent selected English. The total immigrant population was under two per cent. Almost 15 per cent of the population is over 65 years old.
In 2004, 51 per cent of Trois-Rivières has been combined with 53 per cent of Champlain riding to the east. The riding of Trois-Rivières was established in 1933. The riding existed as Trois-Rivières Métropolitan in the 1972 and 1974 elections. The riding of Trois-Rivières was re-established in 1976. In 1996, 11 per cent of Berthier-Montcalm was added.
In 2004 in Trois-Rivières, Bloc Québécois candidate
Paule Brunelle defeated Liberal Jean-Éric Guindon by 12,537 votes. Yves
Rocheleau of the BQ served three terms from 1993-2004.
In 2000 in Champlain, BQ candidate Marcel Gagnon defeated Liberal Julie
Boulet by a mere 15 votes.
Trois-Rivières was held by Progressive Conservative Léon
Balcer from 1949 to 1963, but independent J.A. Mongrain won in 1965. Mongrain
was elected as a Liberal in 1968. Liberal Claude G. Lajoie was elected
in the 1971 byelection and held the seat for four terms. PC Pierre Vincent
won in 1984 and 1988. He was minister of consumer and corporate affairs,
minister of state for indian affairs and northern development and minister
of environment in 1993. In 1993, the BQ's Rocheleau ousted Vincent.
Champlain riding voted Social Credit in 1968, 1972 and 1974, Liberal in 1979 and 1980 and PC in 1984 and 1988. BQ Réjean Lefebvre won in 1993 and 1997. He entered guilty pleas to drunk driving charges in 1994 and 1996. In 1998, he was again charged but the case was dismissed due to administrative foul-ups. He sat as an independent from 1999.
1935 - IND LIB
1940 - LIB
1945 - IND
1949-63 inclusive - PC
1965 - IND
1968 - LIB
1971 byelection-1980 inclusive - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Qu�b�cois
Education: Bachelor's degree in Human Resources with concentration on organizational intervention,
Université du Québec à Montréal (1976). Research and writing certificate, Université du Québec
á Trois-Rivières (1987)
Career Background: Director-General, Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de la Mauricie since 1988.
Director or recreation for the Municipality of Champlain from 1984 to 1988. Co-owner of a Laval business from 1978 to 1983.
Development agent for Fédération qeébécoise de philat élie from 1976 to 1978
Provincial: President and member of the jury, Prix du patrimoine Benjamin-Sulte since 2000. Member of the board of directors of
the Conseil de la culture et des communications de la Mauricie. Member of the Conseil re&eacture;gional en économie sociale.
President of the organizing committee for la Fé nationale de la Mauricie from 1986 to 1988. Member of the board of directors of
Solidarit é rurale Mauricie. Secretary-Treasurer of Regroupement des Citoyennes pour la souverainet é from 1994 to 2004.
Regional spokesperson for the No Committee for the Charlottetown referendum in 1992. Participant in the Yes Committee in 1995
Federal: Elected in Trois-Rivières in 2004
Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Member: Status of Women; sub-committee on Solicitation Laws of Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency
Caucus: Status of Women critic
200, rue Bonaventure, Trois-Rivi�res, Que.
214 Bonaventure Street
Room 431 Confed Bldg
House of Commons
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: BA, MA degrees in Philosophy from the University of Sherbrooke
Career Background: Taught at the C�gep de Trois-Rivi�res for 28 years
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Education: Bachelor's Degree in History and Master's in Quebec Studies at Universitédu Québec à
Career Background: Was a Volunteer for the Groupe de defense des droits sociaux from 2001 to 2002. Was on the Comité
de solidarité Tiers-Monde de Trois-Rivières in 2002. Member of la Fédération des Femmes du Québec,
Centre International de solidarité ouvrière, Greenpeace
Federal: Defeated in Trois-Rivières in 2004
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Year of Birth: 1975
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Que.
Education: B.Sc in Medical Biology and a M.Sc in Biophysics and Cellular Biology from the University of Quebec
in Trois-Rivières. Ph.D program in neurology at McGill University
Party: Marijuana Party of Canada
Birth Date: July 1963
Education: Technical training in computer programming
Federal: Twice defeated in Saint-Maurice-Champlain
Party: New Democratic Party
Year of Birth: 1981
Education: Studied sexology at the Université du Québec à Montréal
Career Background: Substance-abuse intervener for a community organization. Also in private practice as a therapist in
sexology. Serves as a social guidance counsellor in a secondary school. Worked in a federally-run halfway house for men suffering
from substance-abuse and alcoholism
Community Activities: Volunteered in a men's penitentiary for two years