Riding to Watch: Beauce QC
WATCH ABOVE: CPAC’s Marc-André Cossette reports on the eastern Quebec riding of Beauce
In elections dating as far back as 2006, the results here were predictably Conservative with Maxime Bernier commanding massive pluralities.
However that all changed when Bernier left to form his own People’s Party of Canada after failing to secure the Conservative party’s leadership in 2017 and months of clashing with caucus colleagues.
His main adversary in this election is Richard Lehoux, a retired dairy farmer and former mayor of Saint-Elzéar, who is running for the Conservative Party. Adam Veilleux is the Liberal, Guillaume Rodrigue is the Bloc candidate and François-Jacques Côté is the New Democrat.
Maxime Bernier (Conservative) won with 58.9% support — and a 36.6% margin of victory (20,468 votes) over Liberal runner-up Adam Veilleux.
Beauce was the 292nd closest race out of all 338 ridings.
Voter turnout was 66%.
THE RIDING IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016):
SIZE: 4,103.5 km2
POPULATION: 108,746 people in 2016: a change of 2.2% from 2011. The average age is 41.9, with 17.8% age 14 and under and 18.8% 65 and older.
CITIZENSHIP: 99.2% are Canadian citizens. 1.4% are immigrants. 1.2% indicated Aboriginal identity. 1.1% are visible minorities. 1.9% are 1st generation Canadians. 1.5% are 2nd generation. 96.6% are 3rd generation and older.
HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $176,141. Renters paid an average of $619 per month, with 9.1% in subsidized housing. 70.3% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 5.7% are condos. 6.9% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.
INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $32,799. 11.5% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 9.3% of children and 20.7% of seniors.
IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are Canadian: 88845 / French: 21950 / Irish: 3070 / First Nations (North American Indian): 2070 / Québécois: 1825
IMMIGRATION: United States, France, Africa-Other, Colombia, China are the top birth origins for immigrants. France is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).
LANGUAGE: Spanish, Arabic, German, Italian, and Creole, n.o.s. are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 97.31% French and 1.62% English
EDUCATION: 26.1% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 10.4% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.
-Compiled by Andrew Thomson