Spotlight on Montreal ridings: Hochelaga

Hochelaga was a secure Bloc Québécois seat until the Orange Wave of 2011.

Hochelaga has been represented by the Bloc, PC, NDP and Liberals in the past 40 years

Hochelaga was a secure Bloc Québécois seat until the Orange Wave of 2011.

In 2008, the Bloc's Réal Ménard continued to dominate the riding, winning his sixth term with 50 per cent of the vote.

In 2009, Ménard resigned to run municipally. The Bloc's Daniel Paillé succeeded him by winning a by-election later that year.

By 2011, however, the Bloc's popularity in the riding had eroded, and the Orange Wave was approaching. 

Paillé lost to union activist and academic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet by more than 7,800 votes.

Boutin-Sweet is seeking re-election and will face off against the Bloc's Simon Marchand, a fraud-protection manager, and Liberal candidate Marwah Rizqy, a lawyer and assistant professor at the University of Sherbrooke.

Alexandre Dang was brought in to run for the Conservatives after the party removed its original candidate over a social media gaffe.

The Hochelaga riding takes in neighbourhoods in south-central Montreal, including the area surrounding Olympic Park.

Riding History

  • Riding established as Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in 1976.
  • Voters have elected Liberal, Progressive Conservative, Bloc Québécois and NDP representatives, in that order, over the last 40 years.

Riding snapshot

Population: 103,335 (2011 Census) 

Mother tongue: French (77 per cent), English (3.5 per cent), non-official languages (19.5 per cent; largest linguistic groups are Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Portuguese)

Average household income: $65,721 (2011 National Household Survey)

Results last election​​

NDP  22,273
Bloc Québécois  14,421
Liberal 5,064
Conservative 3,126
Green 798
Rhinoceros  246
Communist 180
Marxist-Leninist  143

Candidates 2015

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