Spotlight on Montreal ridings: Pierrefonds-Dollard
Can the NDP candidate elected in the party's 2011 surge hold on this time around?
Pierrefonds-Dollard was one of many Quebec ridings that had its red roots washed away by the Orange Wave in 2011.
- Canada Votes 2015
- Spotlight on ridings in Quebec
- Elections Canada voter information: Pierrefonds-Dollard
Longtime Liberal Bernard Patry saw nearly 20 years of domination at the polls on election day dissolve at the hands of a virtual unknown: NDP candidate Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe.
Patry represented the riding from 1993 to 2011, burying his challengers in election after election. The winning candidate in six consecutive elections, he took in more than 50 per cent of the vote in all but one — in 2008, when was re-elected with a mere 47 per cent of ballots cast.
Patry served in several high-profile and cabinet positions during his tenure. But that all came to an end in 2011, when he lost his seat by 1,860 votes.
Blanchette-Lamothe was appointed opposition critic for seniors and later critic for citizenship and immigration in her first term in office.
This time around, the Liberals are running entrepreneur Frank Baylis, the president of a medical technology company who also established his own film production house. The Conservative party, which came in not far behind the Liberals in 2011, nominated lawyer and businesswoman Valérie Assouline as its candidate in the riding.
- Current riding boundaries established in 1986.
- Since 1953, the riding has been held by the New Democratic Party, the Liberals and the Conservatives.
Population: 108,740 (2013 Census)
Mother tongue: English (35.5 per cent), French (28.5 per cent), non-official languages (36 per cent, largest linguistic groups are Spanish, Italian, Greek, Arabic)
Average household income: $99,440 (2011 National Household Survey)
Results last election
Bloc Québécois 2,389
- Natalie Laplante, Bloc Québécois
- Valérie Assouline, Conservative Party of Canada
- Abraham Weizfeld, Green Party of Canada
- Frank Baylis, Liberal Party of Canada
- Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, New Democratic Party