By-Election on Monday: Chicoutimi–Le Fjord

By-Election on Monday: Chicoutimi–Le Fjord

UPDATED June 14, 2018 10:10amET


Voters in Chicoutimi–Le Fjord elect a new MP on Monday, June 18.

The Quebec riding was decided by only 600 votes in 2015, with the Liberal party’s Denis Lemieux emerging victorious over incumbent NDP MP Dany Morin.

Lemieux’s retirement from Parliament means a by-election. The candidates this time:

  • Lina Boivin, businesswoman (Liberal)
  • Catherine Bouchard-Tremblay, former Option nationale provincial candidate (Bloc Québécois)
  • Éric Dubois, union official and past federal candidate (NDP)
  • Richard Martel, longtime QMJHL coach (Conservative)
  • Lynda Youde, local spokeswoman for Mouvement Démocratie Nouvelle (Green)
  • John Turmel, perennial independent candidate in federal elections and by-elections

The party leaders have all visited Chicoutimi–Le Fjord. And Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh, Elizabeth May, and interim Bloc leader Mario Beaulieu will all be back today and tomorrow. (One month ago, Trudeau was in the riding to announce a $60-million federal investment in the aluminium sector — a major employer in the Saguenay region.)

 

2015 Results

Denis Lemieux’s 1.4-per-cent margin of victory was the 19th-smallest among all 338 federal ridings.

But the Liberal party’s massive resurgence was enough to best NDP incumbent Dany Morin.

PARTY CANDIDATE SHARE CHANGE FROM 2011*
Liberal Denis Lemieux 31.1% +25.5%
NDP Dany Morin 29.7% -8.4%
Bloc Québécois Élise Gauthier 20.5% -8.3%
Conservative Caroline Ste-Marie 16.6% -8.7%
Green Dany St-Gelais 2.1% +0.6%

 

Gilles Duceppe was the only leader to visit Chicoutimi–Le Fjord during the 2015 campaign, though former prime minister Stephen Harper was at CFB Bagotville six weeks before calling the election.

MPs from various parties have represented Chicoutimi–Le Fjord in recent decades: Liberal, NDP, Bloc Québécois, Progressive Conservative, Social Credit, and Ralliement créditiste.

 

About Chicoutimi–Le Fjord

From Route 338:

Chicoutimi–Le Fjord is one of two federal ridings in the City of Saguenay, itself an amalgamation of the cities of Chicoutimi, La Baie and Jonquière.

This is predominantly a French-speaking riding. People whose mother tongue is English (or any other language) form less than 1% of the population.

Chicoutimi was founded in 1842 by Peter McLeod, a Métis. McLeod’s father was a Scottish immigrant who worked for the North-West Company, while his mother was Montagnais. McLeod built his first sawmill on the Rivière du Moulin. Three years later, he had established another settlement upstream at the mouth of the Chicoutimi.

From the 1930s to the 1970s, paper mills and aluminum smelters dominated the local economy. Today, despite sizable layoffs, Rio Tinto Alcan is still a major contributor to the region. Canadian Forces Base Bagotville and the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi provide stability to a resource-dependent economy. Some growth is coming from tourism in Chicoutimi and the Lac-Saint-Jean region, especially through festivals and regional cuisine.

The Saguenay River was carved out by glaciers 10,000 years ago and reaches depths of up to 250 metres. Some of the cliffs overlooking the Saguenay are as high as 500 metres, making the spectacular fjords a prime attraction.

 

Here are some riding details from the 2016 census:

  • 81,639 people, a 0.2% increase from 2011
  • 2,546 km2 in size / 32.1 people per km2
  • 1.6% of people are immigrants
  • 98.9% are Canadian citizens
  • 4.2% indicated Aboriginal identity
  • 2.3% are 1st generation Canadians
  • 1.7% are 2nd generation Canadians
  • 96% are 3rd generation Canadians and older
  • The average dwelling value is $217,920
  • Average after-tax household income in 2015 was $49,608
  • France is the top origin country for recent immigrants
  • 44.7 is the average age, and 22.1% of people are 65 and older

 

Top reported ethnic origins:

  • Canadian: 62,720
  • French: 18,805
  • First Nations (North American Indian): 3,130
  • Irish: 2,600
  • Métis: 1,915

 

Top birthplace origin for immigrants:

  • France
  • Africa-Other
  • China
  • Algeria
  • Morocco

 

Non-official languages that are understood the most:

  • Spanish: 1,350
  • Arabic: 240
  • German: 170
  • Italian: 110
  • Portuguese: 105

 

Mother tongues:

  • 98% French
  • 0.9% English

-Andrew Thomson

*The 2012 riding redistribution removed some territory to the reconstituted electoral district of Jonquière.