Spotlight on Montreal ridings: LaSalle-Émard-Verdun
NDP incumbent has strong competition from other parties
Once the riding of former prime minister Paul Martin, this territory — now known as LaSalle-Émard-Verdun — has been far from a lock for the Liberals over its nearly 50-year history.
- Canada Votes 2015
- Spotlight on ridings in Quebec
- Elections Canada voter information: LaSalle-Émard-Verdun
After the Liberal Party's defeat in 2006, Martin stepped down as leader of the party but retained his seat until 2008, when he did not seek re-election. The Liberals held on in LaSalle-Émard for one more election, but the NDP snatched away the seat in 2011.
The riding's new boundaries take in a large section of the former riding of Jeanne-Le Ber, also held by the NDP. The northern border has been extended northward, adding small bits of Westmount—Ville-Marie and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine.
Incumbent Hélène LeBlanc has served as opposition critic in several portfolios, including industry along with science and technology. But she has some big-name challengers in this race.
Gilbert Paquette, the Bloc Québécois candidate, is a former provincial politician who served as minister of science and technology under René Lévesque's Parti Québécois government in the 1980s. He made a brief run at the PQ leadership in 2005 before throwing his support behind Pauline Marois.
Liberal candidate David Lametti is a law professor at McGill University who served as the faculty's associate dean for three years.
The Conservatives are running television executive Mohammad Zamir.
- Riding has been held by Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and NDP since it was established in 1966.
Population: 105,145 (2011 Census)
Mother tongue: French (60.5 per cent), English (18.8 per cent), non-official languages (20.1 per cent, largest linguistic groups are Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic)
Average household income: $65,823 (2011 National Household Survey)
Results last election
LaSalle - Émard
Bloc Québécois 6,147
Bloc Québécois 12,635
- Gilbert Paquette, Bloc Québécois
- Mohammad Zamir, Conservative Party of Canada
- Lorraine Banville, Green Party of Canada
- David Lametti, Liberal Party of Canada
- Hélène LeBlanc, New Democratic Party