Riding to Watch: Laurier–Sainte-Marie QC
WATCH ABOVE: CPAC’s Marc-André Cossette has the story from Laurier–Sainte-Marie
The last time a Liberal was elected in the downtown Montreal riding of Laurier–Sainte-Marie was 1988.
In 2019 the party has recruited well-known environmentalist Steven Guilbeault to end that 31-year drought. The NDP have recruited their own star candidate to replace the incumbent Hélène Laverdière, who retired at the end of her mandate: Nima Machouf, an epidemiologist and activist known for her work with the provincial party Québec Solidaire.
Author and screenwriter Michel Duchesne is the Bloc candidate and Lise des Greniers, an artist and former town councillor in Granby, is the Conservative hopeful.
Hélène Laverdière (NDP) won with 38.3% support — and a 9.6% margin of victory (4,327 votes) over Bloc Québécois runner-up Gilles Duceppe.
Laurier–Sainte-Marie was the 126th closest race out of all 338 ridings.
Voter turnout was 62.8%.
THE RIDING IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016)
SIZE: 10.4 km2
POPULATION: 111,835 people in 2016: a change of 4.5% from 2011. The average age is 39.2, with 9.5% age 14 and under and 12% 65 and older.
CITIZENSHIP: 81.6% are Canadian citizens. 24.2% are immigrants. 0.9% indicated Aboriginal identity. 20.4% are visible minorities. 34.6% are 1st generation Canadians. 13.8% are 2nd generation. 51.5% are 3rd generation and older.
HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $428,471. Renters paid an average of $897 per month, with 11.8% in subsidized housing. 0.1% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 26.4% are condos. 4.6% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.
INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $29,467. 27% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 22.1% of children and 36.7% of seniors.
IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are French: 41305 / Canadian: 38345 / Irish: 7750 / Italian: 5865 / English: 4745
IMMIGRATION: France, China, Africa-Other, Americas-Other, Europe-Other are the top birth origins for immigrants. France is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).
LANGUAGE: Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin, and Portuguese are the most common non-official languages.
Official Mother Tongues: 68.05% French / 10.77% English
EDUCATION: 10.1% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 47.2% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.
-Compiled by Andrew Thomson