Spotlight on Quebec ridings: Longueuil-Saint-Hubert
Once a Bloc stronghold, riding turned decidedly Orange in 2011
The modern history of this riding was dominated by the Bloc Québécois until 2011, when the NDP swept both ridings that now comprise Longueuil-Saint-Hubert.
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- Elections Canada voter information: Longueuil-Saint-Hubert
The last Conservative to hold the riding was Nic Leblanc, who resigned from the PC caucus after the failure of the Meech Lake Accord. Lebanc joined the Bloc Québécois when it was created and represented the riding for the Bloc until Gilles Duceppe became leader in 1997, when he left the party and sat as an independent.
Caroline St-Hilaire, the current mayor of Longueuil, was the riding's Bloc MP from 1997 to 2008, when she left federal politics. The Bloc held on for one more term until the seat was grabbed up by New Democrat Pierre Nantel, who cane ti federal politics from the music and television industries.
Nantel, who is seeking re-election, served as heritage critic during his term in office.
This election, the Bloc candidate is actor Denis Trudel, an activist for the promotion of the French language. Conservative candidate John Sedlak works in sales, and Liberal candidate Michael O'Grady is a former councillor and executive-committee member for the City of Longueuil.
The riding, located on the Montreal South Shore, along the St. Lawrence River, contains part of the borough of Saint-Hubert and part of the borough of Le Vieux-Longueuil.
- Riding has been held by Liberals, Bloc Québécois, Progressive Conservatives and NDP in the past 50 years.
- In the 2013 redistribution, the northwestern and northeastern boundaries receded. The southeastern boundary was extended to add an area from Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert.
Population: 104,375 (2011 Census)
Mother tongue: French (85.4 per cent), English (3.5 per cent), non-official languages (11.1 per cent; largest linguistic groups are Spanish, Arabic and Creole)
Average household income: $87,463 (2011 National Household Survey)
Results last election
Longueuil - Pierre-Boucher
Bloc Québécois 14,146
Bloc Québéois 15,384
- Denis Trudel, Bloc Québécois
- John Sedlak, Conservative Party of Canada
- Affine Lwalalika, Forces et Démocratie
- Casandra Poitras, Green Party of Canada
- Michael O'Grady, Liberal Party of Canada
- Pierre Nantel, New Democratic Party