Spotlight on: Quebec regional ridings

Spotlight on: Quebec regional ridings

Follow CBC in ridings across the province

Introduction

Quebecers head to the polls on April 7, but not before thinking long and hard about which issues matter most to them in their region and which party they would like to see run the province.

CBC reporters have been dispatched to ridings across the province to get a sense of what issues matter most to voters in this election. Take a look at what people are saying across Quebec.

Roberval

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Roberval is the westernmost, and most rural, riding of the five in Quebec's Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region — an area described by writer Will Ferguson as "the central circulatory system of the pure laine."

Only once in the past 20 years has a Liberal candidate been elected in this PQ stronghold.

Liberal leader Philippe Couillard is hoping to change that. He is running in his home riding of Roberval in this election.

CBC’s Marika Wheeler met with voters to find out if the lustre of a having a possible premier as their MNA is enough to sway voters.

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Duplessis

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Duplessis is the bigger, and more distant, of two ridings in Quebec's remote Côte-Nord region. It borders on the southern and western part of Labrador and contains much of the Quebec coastline along the gulf of the St. Lawrence.

The riding has voted Liberal from 1960 to 1973, and PQ ever since.

CBC’s Marika Wheeler was in Chevery on the Lower North Shore where she met with voters who expressed their concerns. They tell her that if they run out of gas in Chevery, they have to go to the next town over, which is 20 kilometres away and it’s a problem many want the next government to fix.

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Laval-des-Rapides

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The Laval-des-Rapides riding is nestled in the south central part of the island of Laval.

It is one of those ridings where voters have a knack for picking a winner. A true bellweather, the Laval-des-Rapids MNA is always part of the party that forms the government.

In 2012, 20-year-old Léo Bureau-Blouin, a star of the student movement who played a key role in the protests and negotiations with the government, became the youngest MNA ever elected in Quebec in the riding.  He brought the riding back to the PQ after nearly a decade in Liberal hands. This time around, it will be a fierce battle between Bureau-Blouin and Quebec Liberal Party president, Saul Polo.

CBC’s Andrew Chang met with voters and candidates in the riding hot spot.

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Trois-Rivières

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The riding of Trois-Rivières consists of a central slice of the city of the same name on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City.

The riding has been won by three different parties since 1998. It was the seat of the PQ minister Guy Julien in the 1990s and early 2000s. The ADQ briefly held the riding following the 2007 election. Liberal Danielle St-Amand won the seat in the last two general elections but, in February 2013, she announced she would not be running again for health reasons. 

CBC’s Catou MacKinnon met with voters in Trois-Rivières to talk about the issue that's on everyone's mind: jobs. 

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La Prairie

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The riding of La Prairie is located on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River, opposite the Island of Montreal, and includes the municipalities of Candiac, Delson, La Prairie and Saint-Philippe.

The riding has shuffled between parties over the years, sometimes by narrow victory margins, occasionally by beefy ones.

In the last provincial election in 2012, the Coalition Avenir Québec candidate won by only 80 votes ahead of his Parti Québécois rival.

CBC’s Shawn Apel and Mike Finnerty met with voters in Candiac to get a feel for who they might vote for on April 7.

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St-François

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Saint-François is in the Eastern Townships east of Montreal and abuts the United States border. It contains part of the city of Sherbrooke, including Lennoxville.

For 27 years, Liberal Monique-Gagnon Tremblay held office in Saint-François. When she resigned in 2012, the riding went to the Parti Québécois’s Réjean Hébert, who won over his Liberal opponent by a 110 vote-margin.

Hébert is seeking re-election, running against Liberal candidate Guy Hardy this time around.

CBC’s Alison Brunette visited the riding and spoke to some of the candidates and voters.

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