This riding is located along on the south shore of the St. Lawrence
River, across from the island of Montreal. It contains the regional county
municipality of Lajemmerais, part of La Vallée-du-Richelieu and part
of the city of Longueuil north and east of Highway 20 and the St. Lawrence
River. The municipalities of St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, St-Charles-sur Richelieu,
St-Denis-sur-Richelieu and St-Marc-sur-Richelieu are in the riding.
The main employers are the manufacturing sector and retail trade. The average family income is $75,409 and unemployment is four per cent.
Less than two per cent of the population cite English as a first language, while almost 96 per cent speak French. The total immigrant population is under three per cent.
The riding of Verchères was established in 1867 and abolished
in 1892 with the establishment of Chambly and St-Hyacinthe. Verchères
was recreated in 1976 from Chambly and St-Hyacinthe. In 1996, 96 per cent
of the riding was retained and it was renamed Verchères-Les-Patriotes
in 1998. In 2004, 83 per cent of Verchères-Les-Patriotes was retained.
In 2004, Bloc Québécois candidate Stéphane Bergeron
defeated Liberal Nathalie Tousignant to win a fourth term as MP.
Liberal Felix Geoffrion won in Verchères from 1867 to 1891. Chambly
and its predecessor riding Chambly-Rouville was Liberal since 1935 except
for one Progressive Conservative win in 1958. Liberal Bernard Loiselle,
incumbent from Chambly, was elected in 1974 in Verchères and won
the 1979 and 1980 elections. PC Marcel Danis won in 1984 and 1988. He
was appointed minister of state for youth, minister of state for fitness
and amateur sport and deputy leader in 1990 and minister of labour in
1979, 1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - BQ
Party: Bloc Québécois
Education: MBA from the Université de Sherbrooke
Career Background: Parliamentary attaché and chief of staff to the Member of Parliament for Verchères-Les Patriotes (1996-2001).
Political attaché to the Member of Parliament for Verchères-Les Patriotes (2003-2004). Research associate to the Member of Parliament
for Verchères-Les Patriotes (2005-present). Analyst-writer for various quantitative and qualitative studies (1995-2004).
Coordinator of entrepreneurial assistance services, CLD de la Baie-James
2562, boul. Marie-Victorin, local 101, Varennes, Qué., J3Y 1P7
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Bachelor of Law from the Université de Montréal
Marital Status: Married
Career Background: Member of the Bar (1996-present)
Community Activities: A reserve officer in the 6th battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: Degree in Social Communications from the University of Ottawa, and has also received training as a television and
radio announcer from l'École de radio Pro-Média in Montreal
Career Background: Worked as a senior adviser in public and government relations and done freelance media relations for the
private sector. Worked as an announcer for Radio-Canada International in Montreal, a producer for CBF Radio and the Canadian Forces
Network in Europe, and in the in the former Yugoslavia as a war zone reporter in 1992. Director of Communications for the Liberal Party
of Canada (Quebec) from 2002 to 2003. Worked as a legislative assistant for Yolande Thibault, Member of Parliament for Saint-Lambert
from 2001 to 2002
Party: New Democratic Party
Birth Date: Oct. 12, 1984
Birthplace: Boucherville, Que.
Education: DEC in Pure Sciences at the CÉGEP Édouard-Montpetit. Studying to obtain a baccalaureat in Civil Engineering at
the École Polytechnique de Montréal
Marital Status: Single
Federal: Defeated in Verchères-Les-Patriotes (2004).