Spotlight on Quebec ridings: Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine

A sprawling riding with many seasonal workers, employment insurance, job creation and transportation are major electoral issues.

A sprawling riding with many seasonal workers, employment and job creation are important issues.

This riding on the tip of the Gaspé coast was swept up in the Orange Wave in 2011, although it was a solid Bloc Québécois seat for the previous three terms.

The sprawling riding includes the regional county municipalities of La Haute-Gaspésie, La Côte-de-Gaspé, Le Rocher-Percé and Bonaventure, as well as the Magdalen Islands. The largest towns are Gaspé and Percé.

Many of the riding's residents work seasonally in the fishing and tourism industries, making employment insurance and job creation major issues for voters.

Riding History

The riding was created in 1996 as Gaspé–Bonaventure–Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
It changed in 1996 to Bonaventure–Gaspé--Îles-de-la-Madeleine–Pabok, then became Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine in 2004.

In the 2013 redistribution, the riding gained some territory in the west, including Ste-Anne-des-Monts and Cap-Chat, from what was formerly Haute-Gaspésie–La-Mitis–Matane–Matapédia. It lost some territory in the Baie-des-Chaleurs area on the east side of the peninsula. 

Notary and Maria resident Philip Toone won the riding for the NDP in the Orange Wave that swept Quebec in the 2011 elections. Before that, the riding had been held by the Bloc Québécois, although a Liberal was elected for one term in 2000.

Riding history

  • In 1997, BQ Yvan Bernier defeated Liberal Patrick Gagnon by 179 votes.
  • In 2000, Liberal Georges Farrah defeated Bloc Quebecois Raynald Blais by 3,681 votes.
  • In 2004, BQ Raynald Blais defeated Liberal Georges Farrah by 8,867 votes.
  • In 2006, BQ Raynald Blais defeated Conservative Gaston Langlais by 4,331 votes.
  • In 2008, BQ Raynald Blais defeated Liberal Denis Gauvreau by 4,796 votes.

Riding snapshot

Population: 78,830 (2011 Census)

Mother tongue: French ( 91.3 per cent), English (8.4 per cent), non-official languages (0.3 per cent; largest linguistic groups are Spanish and German)

Average income: $56,987 (2011 National Household Survey)

Results last election

NDP  12,421

BQ  11,651

Conservative Party  6,283

Liberal  5,524

Green Party  913

Candidates 2015

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