Spotlight on Quebec ridings: Louis-St-Laurent
No incumbent and two political heavyweights make this Quebec City riding one to watch this election
One of the few urban Quebec ridings where Conservatives have been elected in recent history, the Quebec City riding of Louis–St-Laurent also saw the Orange Wave wash away its incumbent in 2011.
Conservative Josée Verner represented the riding from 2006 to 2011, holding the portfolios for official languages, international cooperation and Canadian heritage at various points during her tenure.
She lost to the NDP's Alexandrine Latendresse, a student and former child actor, by 1,195 votes.
However Latendresse, who deferred graduate studies to serve in parliament, announced she would not be seeking re-election this time, reigniting the race in the riding.
Both the NDP and the Conservatives are running heavyweight candidates.
The NDP candidate, diplomat Daniel Caron, served as the Canadian ambassador to Ukraine.
The Conservative candidate is a very familiar face in Quebec. Gérard Deltell was both a television personality and a Coalition Avenir Québec MNA in Quebec's National Assembly, stepping down to seek federal office.
Running for the Bloc Québécois, the party that finished third in 2011, is lawyer Ronald Sirard.
Liberal candidate Youri Rousseau was a longtime member of the Canadian Armed Forces who served as chief of aerial support for Afghanistan operations at the Camp Mirage base.
- Riding established in 1867 as Québec East.
- New riding of Louis–Saint-Laurent established in 2004 redistribution.
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
Bloc Québécois 8,148
Christian Heritage 175
- Ronald Sirard, Bloc Québécois
- Gérard Deltell, Conservative Party of Canada
- Michel Savard, Green Party of Canada
- Youri Rousseau, Liberal Party of Canada
- G. Daniel Caron, New Democratic Party