Spotlight on Montreal ridings: Ahuntsic-Cartierville

This new riding, combining territory now held by the NDP and the Liberals, will be battleground for longtime MP Maria Mouriani, now running under the NDP banner, and Liberal star candidate, Mélanie Joly.

Big name candidates vying for control of newly redrawn riding

The newly formed riding of Ahuntsic-Cartierville is located in Montreal's north end. (CBC)

This new riding merges the majority of the NDP-held Ahuntsic with the northern portion of the Liberal-held Saint-Laurent-Cartierville.


The former riding of Jeanne Sauvé — the first female cabinet member from Quebec, the first woman elected as Speaker of the House of Commons and the first woman to serve as Governor General — Ahuntsic has at one time been in the hands of each of the four major political parties in its 49 year history. 

In 2011, Bloc Québécois MP Maria Mouriani, who had represented the riding since 2006, defeated the NDP candidate by 708 votes.

Two years later, the Bloc leader Daniel Paillé announced Mourani had been expelled from the caucus for criticizing Quebec's proposed secular charter. She later quit the party and crossed the floor to the NDP and is running under the New Democrat banner this election. 

The Liberals are running star candidate Mélanie Joly, the dark horse in the 2013 Montreal mayoral race who came a close second to former Liberal MP Denis Coderre. 


This riding has been red since its creation in 1989.

Stephane Dion, who would later become leader of the Liberal Party and leader of the opposition, won his seat in this riding in a 1996 byelection after Shirley Maheu resigned to take a senate post. Dion will run this election in the redrawn riding of Saint-Laurent. 

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Riding History

  • In 2013, the new riding of Ahuntsic-Cartierville was created by merging the majority of Ahuntsic and the portion of Saint-Laurent-Cartierville that was bordered by the Rivière des Prairies.


  • Since 1988, the old riding of Ahuntsic had been represented by the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party and the Bloc Québécois.
  • Bloc MP Maria Mourani has represented Ahuntsic since 2006. She crossed the floor to join the NDP in 2014. 


  • Liberals have held the riding since 1989.

Riding snapshot

Population: 110,475 (2011 Census) 

Mother tongue: French (52.6 per cent), English (5.3 per cent), Non-official languages (42 per cent, largest linguistic groups are Arabic, Italian and Spanish).

Average household income: $84,186 (2011 National Household Survey)

Results last election 


Bloc Québécois   14,908
NDP  14,200
Liberal Party 13,086
Conservative Party 3,767
Green Party 620
Rhinoceros Party  299


​Liberal Party 17,726
NDP 11,948 
Conservative Party 7,124
Bloc Québécois 2,981
Green Party 857
Marxist–Leninist 176

Candidates 2015

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