Montreal

Spotlight on Montreal ridings: La Pointe-de-l'Île

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 MP.

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.

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.

Riding History

  • 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. 

Riding snapshot

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

NDP 23,001
Bloc Québécois 15,466
Liberal 4,373
Conservative 3,661
Green 898
Marxist-Leninist 215

Candidates 2015

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