Spotlight on Montreal ridings: La Pointe-de-l'Île
La Pointe-de-l'Île saw a surprise about-face in 2011, but can the NDP hold back the Bloc again?
La Pointe-de-l'Île was long held by the Bloc Québécois, but voters in the riding turned their backs on the sovereignist party in 2011, opting to elect their first-ever NDP Member of Parliament.
- Canada Votes 2015
- Spotlight on ridings in Quebec
- Elections Canada voter information: La Pointe-de-l'Île
But the Bloc hasn't given up on this riding in the eastern end of Montreal. Former party leader and current Bloc president Mario Beaulieu is aiming to take back the seat.
Beaulieu last ran for office in 1997, mounting an unsuccessful bid as the Bloc candidate in the former Papineau—Saint-Denis riding.
Running for re-election is Ève Péclet, once a virtual unknown who appeared in a French-language reality cooking series before she was elected as the NDP's Orange Wave washed across Quebec.
She beat the Bloc candidate by more than 7,500 votes.
The Conservative candidate is Guy Morissette, who ran for the provincial Conservative Party in 2014 in the Saint-Laurent district. Liberal candidate Marie-Chantale Simard works in the pharmaceutical industry.
Located in the eastern end of Montreal, La Pointe-de-l'Île is bounded partly by the Rivière des Prairies and the St. Lawrence River. It includes part of the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles and part of the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
- Established in 1933 as Mercier.
- Voters have elected Liberal and Progressive Conservative MPs, although the riding was held by the Bloc Québécois from 1993 to 2011.
Population: 103,615 (2011 Census)
Mother tongue: French (84.9 per cent), English (2.6 per cent), non-official languages (12.5 per cent; largest linguistic groups are Italian, Arabic, Creole and Spanish)
Average household income: $73,531 (2011 National Household Survey)
Results last election
Bloc Québécois 15,466
- Mario Beaulieu, Bloc Québécois
- Guy Morissette, Conservative Party of Canada
- Jean-François Larose, Forces et Démocratie
- David J. Cox, Green Party of Canada
- Marie-Chantale Simard, Liberal Party of Canada
- Geneviève Royer, Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
- Ève Péclet, New Democratic Party
- Ben 97 Benoit, Rhinoceros Party