Marquette, Marguerite-Bourgeoys and Verdun Ridings
Potential voters in the Marguerite-Bourgeoys (LaSalle), Marquette (Dorval and Lachine) and Verdun ridings began seeing campaign posters from four parties before the election was called.
In Verdun, the posters all show well-known candidates. Liberal Party posters in Marquette and Verdun show well-known incumbents who were cabinet ministers when the election was called. In Marguerite-Bourgeoys, however, all the posters show relative newcomers to the political scene.
All three Montreal ridings were held by cabinet ministers when the election was called, so residents will continue to be served by their offices until September 4. Clément Gignac, the incumbent in Marguerite-Bourgeoys, was Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and also held responsibility for the Northern Plan. François Ouimet, the incumbent in Marquette, was second vice-president of the National Assembly. Henri-François Gautrin, the incumbent in Verdun, was Deputy Government House Leader.
All three ministers are running for Jean Charest’s Liberals in this election, but only two will contest their current ridings. Last Wednesday, Charest announced that Gignac, who won 72% of the popular vote in a 2009 by-election, will run in the Taschereau riding in Quebec City. That left the riding clear for Robert Poëti, an ex-SQ officer and media commentator, to be nominated on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Parti Québecois announced a star candidate in Verdun on July 28, prior to the election call. Thierry St. Cyr used to represent the borough federally, as a Member of Parliament for Jeanne-Le-Ber. He won against Liza Frulla in 2004 by a margin of only 72 votes, but had an easier ride in 2006 and 2008. He has been selling real estate since Tyrone Benskin took the riding from him in the last federal election, but announced his campaign for the PQ last week with the words “Ca commence dans Verdun.” On his blog, St. Cyr writes that more than five years representing constituents in Ottawa strengthened his conviction that Quebec no longer belongs within Canada. His campaign office is already open on Wellington Street, several blocks east of Gautrin’s.
The Coalition Avenir de Québec and Québec Solidaire also have star candidates in Verdun. André Besner, who has had a long time career with the Business Development Bank of Canada, will run for the CAQ. Chantal Michaud will run again for Québec Solidaire. The local activist worked in the public sector for thirty years before becoming involved locally and helped establish the Carrefour-jeunesse emploi de Verdun. In 2008, she 5% of the vote, while Gautrin got just less than 48%.
In Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Jessica Riggi is running for the PQ, Michel Delisle is running for the CAQ and Yebo Romarick Okou is running for Québec Solidaire.
In Marquette, Étienne Gougoux is running for the PQ, Victor Tan is running for the CAQ and Claudelle Cyr is running for Québec Solidaire.
An additional 16 parties have the right to nominate candidates in each riding. Nominations close on August 18.
(Note: This is the first in my Decision 2012 round-up articles for the Suburban. It was printed in page one of the city edition today. Kevin Woodhouse also covered the Marquette riding in his article for the West Island version of the paper.)
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