Candidates in Argenteuil—La Petite-Nation are preparing for the second federal election in this West Quebec riding created in 2013.
Home to about 95,000 citizens and 65,000 eligible voters, the riding, along the north shore of the Ottawa River, encompasses the Masson-Angers and Buckingham sectors of Gatineau as well as the municipalities of Papineau and Argenteuil, including the towns of Thurso and Montebello.
Liberal incumbent Stéphane Lauzon is seeking re-election after winning the seat in 2015 with 43 per cent of the vote. Lauzon has served as the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Veteran Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.
In 2015, in which about 65 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots, NDP candidate Chantal Crête finished second with 24 per cent of the vote. The Bloc Québécois took 18 per cent and the fourth-place Conservatives trailed with 11 per cent. The Green candidate was backed by about two per cent of the voters.
This election, the People’s Party of Canada will be on the ballot. Sherwin Edwards, president of an electronic cigarette company in St-Janvier, is campaigning for less government and lower taxes.
Bloc Québécois candidate Yves Destroismaisons is running in his first election since being defeated in the Saint-André-Avellin municipal elections last November. Destroismaisons is on the board of directors at the Papineau Cultural Action Centre after having spent many years working as a mental health social worker.
Destroismaisons says he is focused on protecting Quebec’s jurisdictions and the push for independence.
Other candidates running include the Conservatives’ Marie Louis-Seize, a retired Bell Canada manager, and the Green’s Marjorie Valiquette, a self-employed environmental designer.
Louis-Seize states on her website that she want to increase job opportunities to allow the residents stay in the area and not have to leave to find work.
Valiquette’s website emphasizes the need to strengthen environmental protection policies and communities.
Despite finishing second in 2015, the NDP was late in nominating its candidate in the upcoming election.
But Charlotte Boucher Smoley, a party worker on Parliament Hill, was recently chosen to carry the New Democrat banner in the riding.