Spotlight on Montreal ridings: Honoré-Mercier

Honoré-Mercier was another riding caught up in the NDP's victorious sweep of Quebec in 2011, although the incumbent Liberal candidate wasn't far behind. This time around, both the sitting NDP MP and the Liberal stalwart she ousted are on the ballot.

Honore-Mercier's current and former MPs battling it out one more time

Honoré-Mercier was another riding caught up in the NDP's victorious sweep of Quebec in 2011, although the incumbent Liberal candidate wasn't far behind the New Democrat who beat him.

Pablo Rodriguez, who represented the riding as a Liberal MP from 2004 to 2011, is running again in Honoré-Mercier this election and will attempt to unseat the NDP incumbent, Paulina Ayala.

Ayala, a history teacher, beat Rodriquez by 2,900 votes. 

The Bloc Québécois, which finished third in 2011, has nominated Audrey Beauséjour as its candidate. Beauséjour, an administrative assistant, also ran for the Parti Québécois in the last provincial election in the Mont Royal riding. 

The Conservative candidate is financial manager Guy Croteau.

The riding covers an industrial area and a bedroom community in the northeastern part of Montréal. It includes the borough of Anjou, part of the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles and part of the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

In the 2013 redistribution, the riding's southwestern boundary was extended, and some areas were gained from what was Bourassa.

Riding History

  • Since 1998, various incarnations of the riding have elected Liberal, Progressive Conservative, Bloc and NDP MPs. 
  • Liberals had dominated the riding for more than a decade until the incumbent was unseated in 2011.

Riding snapshot

Population: 102,590 (2011 Census)

Mother tongue: French (52.8 per cent), English (7.8 per cent), non-official languages (39.4 per cent; largest linguistic groups are Italian, Arabic, Creole and Spanish)

Average household income: $76,648 (2011 National Household Survey)

Results last election

NDP 17,545
Liberal 14,645
Bloc Québécois 8,950
Conservative 5,949
Green Party 822
Rhinoceros Party 186
Marxist-Leninist 178

Candidates 2015

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