Spotlight on Montreal ridings: Mount Royal
Conservatives putting full court press on one-time Liberal lockup
The home riding of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Mount Royal has long been a Liberal stronghold.
But the opening created by the departure of longtime MP Irwin Cotler may just be large enough for contenders to squeeze through.
It is seen as a vulnerable enough target that Conservative Leader Stephen Harper made his first official campaign stop there shortly after the election was called.
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Robert Libman, a well-known English-language rights activist and former MNA, won the conservative nomination in April. He'll try and take the riding from the hands of the Liberal's new candidate, who is also no stranger to residents of the riding.
Anthony Housefather, the current mayor of Côte Saint-Luc, has been tasked with keeping the riding red.
The NDP is putting its faith in candidate Mario Jacinto Rimbao, a fleet operator and a longtime basketball coach and volunteer in the riding's substantial Filipino community.
- Established in 1924.
- Liberal since 1940.
- One per cent of the riding was merged into Outremont in 1996, but the boundaries have remained the same since.
Population: 101,260 (2011 Census)
Mother tongue: English (33 per cent), French (23.8 per cent), non-official languages (43.2 per cent, largest linguistic groups are Filipino, Arabic, Russian, Romanian and Spanish)
Average household income: $118,558 (2011 National Household Survey)
Results last election
Bloc Québécois: 1,136
Green Party: 683