Spotlight on Montreal ridings: Lac Saint-Louis

​Lac Saint-Louis is a federal riding that has never been any other colour but red. But it was a tight three-way race the last time voters went to the polls.

Liberal stronghold on Montreal’s West Island up for grabs as NDP rides high in the polls

The federal riding of Lac-Saint-Louis encompasses several municipalities on Montreal's West Island. (Elections Canada)

Lac Saint-Louis is a federal riding that has never been any other colour but red.

Liberal candidate Francis Scarpaleggia
In the 1997 election, the first one since the riding was created a year prior, Liberal candidate Clifford Lincoln won with 69 per cent of the vote.

Three years later, support for the Liberals rose in the West Island riding to 74 per cent.

NDP candidate Ryan Young
But fast-forward 15 years, and the riding of Lac Saint-Louis, once a shoe-in for the Liberals, now requires the incumbent Francis Scarpaleggia to put up a fight to keep it in the Liberal fold.

The last time voters went to the polls in 2011, it was a very tight three-way race.

Conservative candidate Éric Girard
Scarpaleggia eked out a win with 34 per cent of vote. The NDP came in second with 30 per cent support, just ahead of Conservative candidate and current Senator Larry Smith, who took almost 29 per cent of the vote.

Scarpaleggia is seeking re-election in the riding, which includes the municipalities of Beaconsfield, Pointe-Claire, Baie-d'Urfé, Kirkland, Senneville and Sainte-Anne de Bellevue. It also includes parts of Pierrefonds-Roxboro.

He's been the riding's MP since 2004 and is the chair of the National Liberal Caucus.

Ryan Young, the NDP's candidate who won his three-way race nomination, is a two-term city councillor in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Eric Girard, treasurer of the National Bank of Canada and an economist who studied at McGill and UQAM, is standing for the Conservatives.

Riding History

  • Established in 1996.
  • Liberal since 1997.

Riding snapshot

Population: 108,759 (2011 Census)

Mother tongue: English (47.7 per cent), French (25.7 per cent), non-official languages (26.6 per cent, largest linguistic groups are Spanish, German, Chinese, Arabic)

Average household income: $123,324 (2011 National Household Survey)

Results last election

Liberal: 18,502
NDP: 16,312
Conservative: 15,434
Green Party: 2,319
Bloc Québécois: 1,693

Candidates 2015

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