This is an affluent central Montreal riding. It spreads from the St. Lawrence River, Highway 10, Highway 720 and the Lachine Canal in the northeast, to Avenue Beaconsfield and Avenue Hingston in the south, Côte-St-Luc Road, Chemin Queen-Mary, Chemin Kingston, the limit of Westmount and Avenue Des Pins West in the northwest and Boulevard St-Laurent, Rue St-Antoine Est, Rue Berri and Bassin de l'Horloge in the north.
The average family income in this riding is among the highest in Canada at $110,968, and the unemployment rate is 8.9 per cent.
According to the 2001 census, 37 per cent have English as a first language,
while only 29 per cent have French the third lowest in Quebec.
More than 29 per cent have a first language other than English or French
and there are significant Chinese and Italian communities. The total immigrant
population is more than 32 per cent. More than 40 per cent of the population
have university degrees, the highest rate of any riding in Canada.
St-Henri-Westmount was created in 1976 and consisted of 70 per cent of
Westmount, 21 per cent of St-Henri, and five per cent of Lasalle-Emard-Côte-St
Paul. In 1996, parts of Notre-Dame, Laurier-Ste-Marie and Outremont were
added and the riding was named Westmount-Ville-Marie. In 2004, 83 per
cent of Westmount-Ville-Marie was combined with 19 per cent of Notre-Dame-de-Grâces-Lachine.
In 2004, Liberal Lucienne Robillard won a third term in Westmount-Ville
Marie with 56 per cent of the vote. She was first elected in a 1995 byelection
in St-Henri-Westmount. She was appointed minister of labour in 1995, and
minister of citizenship and immigration in 1996. She became president
of the Treasury Board and minister responsible for infrastructure in 1999,
portfolios she held until 2003. In 2003, Prime Minister Paul Martin appointed
her minister of industry and minister responsible for the Economic Development
Agency for the regions of Quebec. He appointed her minister of intergovernmental
affairs in 2004, and minister of human resources and skills development
The former St-Henri riding was Liberal from 1925 to 1974. Westmount was
Liberal from 1940 to 1974, except for a PC win in 1958. In the newly configured
St-Henri-Westmount, Liberal Don Johnston, incumbent from Westmount, won
in 1979, 1980 and 1984. He was appointed president of the Treasury Board
in 1980, minister for economic development, minister of state for science
and technology in 1983, minister of justice and attorney general in 1984.
He left the Liberal caucus in 1988 to sit as an Independent. Liberal David
Berger won in 1988 and 1993 but resigned in 1994 and later was appointed
Canadian ambassador to Israel.
1979-93 - LIB
1997, 2000, 2004 - LIB
Party: Bloc Québécois
Education: Certificate in copywriting from the University of Montreal. Certificate in Applied Communications from the
University of Montreal. Film directing assistance from Parlimage CCF. DEC in Literature and Communications from College Jean-de-Brebeuf
Career Background: Copy editor, Le Délit Quotidien (independent newspaper) (2004). Press review for GSI Musique (2004).
Client service officer for Théâtre Le Corona (2003-April 2004). Production assistant for i Cinéma Télévision (2003). Assistant for
S.A.G.A. and Yul Manager (2001-2002). Receptionist, hostess and accounting assistant for Groupe Image Buzz (2000-2001).
Receptionist for Armada (1996, 1997, 1999)
5300, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montréal, Qué., H4A 1L1
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Education: Attended Concordia University before taking up employment in the retail sector
Career Background: Has been in charge of Conseillers en Personnel Jacques-Cartier since 1978
Community Activities: Former President of the Association des Femmes Cadres du Québec and founded the Fondation
Héritage Cartier to help underprivileged families
Municipal: Former city councillor for the new city of Montréal (elected in 2001). Former member of the executive
committee and was in charge of the business and social development portfolio
Party: Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1980
Education: Graduate student at the Université du Québec à Montréal
Career Background: After earning her BA, she served as a communications officer for Consortium Écho-logique,
which recovers recyclable goods from festival sites and main roads in Montreal. Worked at Vélo-Québec promoting eco-friendly
Community Activities: Volunteer with Équiterre
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: June 16, 1945
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.
Education: BA from Basile-Moreay College (1965), a Master's of Social Work from the University of Montreal (1967), MBA
from Ecoles des Hautes Etudes Commercials (1986) and a diploma in Education
Career Background: Worked for 20 years in the health and social services sector. Was a social worker and clinician at
Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital from 1967 to 1972, and from 1972 to 1978. Youth leader at a kibbutz in Israel from 1969 to 1972.
Senior Administrator at Social Services Centre in Richelieu from 1978 to 1986. Public Curator of Quebec Professional memberships
from 1986 to 1989. Chair of the Mental Health Committee of the Regional Council of Health and Social Services in Monteregie from
1983 to 1986. President, Quebec Association of Social Workers in the area of health from 1984 to 1986. Member of the editing
committee of volume "le travail social et la sante au Quebec," published in 1985. Member of the Professional Corporation of Social
Workers of Quebec since 1967. Member of the Ministry Task Force on psychiatric services in Montreal region from 1984 to 1985.
Expert consultant on the "Mental Health" dossier for the Rochon Commission since 1986
Provincial: Co-chair of Electoral Platform committee. Elected in Chambly in 1989
Federal: Elected in St-Henri-Westmount in 1995. Elected in Westmount Ville Marie in 1997, 2000 and 2004
Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Quebec: Served as Minister of Cultural Affairs, Minister of Advanced Education and Science, Minister of Education and
Minister of Health and Social Services
Federal: Served as Minister of Labour and Minster responisble for referendum in 1995. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in 1996.
Acting Minister of Canadian Heritage in 1996. Minister responsible for Infrastructure from 1999 to 2002. President of Treasury Board
from 1999 to 2003. Minister responsible for Crown Corporations from 2002 to 2003. Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for
the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebec in 2003. Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of
the Privy Council in 2004. Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development from January 2005 to May 2005
Committee: Former Member of Cabinet Committees on: Global Affairs; Expenditure Review Vice-Chair: Expenditure Review
sub-committee of Treasury Board. Member, Cabinet Committees on: Treasury Board; Domestic Affairs; Operations
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House of Commons
Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: MBA from McGill University (2000), a Master's of Philosophy in Political Theory from Glasgow University and an
Honours BA in Political Science from Carleton University
Career Background: Served with the Council on Economic Priorities in New York City. Worked for the Dreyfus Corporation,
first as a social research analyst, then as co-portflio manager of the Dreyfus Third Century and Socially Responsible Growth Funds.
Was responsible for all matters relating to social investment and proxy voting, overseeing more than $1.2 billion U.S. in assets
Community Activities: Helped found Community Experience Initiative, an internship organization working to build stronger links
between business schools and the community, active in management. Chair of the board of directors of the Santropol Roulant, a
Montreal non-profit meals-on-wheels organization. Served as a Director of the Social Investment Forum in the U.S. from 1996 to 1999
Federal: Defeated in Gaspé in 1993. Defeated in Westmount-Ville Marie in 2004