Ridings to Watch: Louis-Hébert and Québec QC

Ridings to Watch: Louis-Hébert and Québec QC


WATCH ABOVE: CPAC’s Marc-André Cossette reports from Quebec City

The Quebec City region is fertile ground for the Conservative party. In this “blue sea”, two Liberals are trying to hang on to their seats: cabinet minister Jean-Yves Duclos in the riding of Québec, and rising party star Joël Lightbound in Louis-Hébert.

Since mid-August, the Liberals have been making numerous campaign announcements in these ridings, including funding of up to $1.2 billion for a new tramway. In fact, the main election issue in this capital region is the serious traffic congestion problem. Since 2001, the total number of trips in the Quebec City region has increased by 17.8%, extending the morning rush hour and making the evening rush hour even longer.

To correct the situation, the Quebec government announced, in June, that a tunnel would be built under Île d’Orléans to serve as a third link between Quebec City and Lévis. This infrastructure would run under the western tip of Île d’Orléans, for almost 10 kilometres across the St. Lawrence River, between the Route Lallemand area, in Lévis, and the end of Highway 40, in Quebec City.

This project is controversial, and it has been criticized by environmental groups who consider its $4-billion price tag excessive and say that it will contribute to urban sprawl. Whereas the Conservatives support the project, the Liberals are leaning towards the development of public transit.

The other election issue is challenging the secularism bill that was recently passed by Quebec’s National Assembly. Premier François Legault has asked the federal party leaders to respect provincial law.

 
LOUIS-HÉBERT IN 2015:

Joël Lightbound (Liberal) won with 34.8% support — and a 7.7% margin of victory (9,496 votes) over Conservative runner-up Jean-Pierre Asselin.

Louis-Hébert was the 109th closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 72.4%.

LOUIS-HÉBERT IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016)

SIZE: 94.8 km2

POPULATION: 103,346 people in 2016: a change of -0.7% from 2011. The average age is 44.4, with 12.6% age 14 and under and 23.6% 65 and older.

94% are Canadian citizens. 11.5% are immigrants. 0.9% indicated Aboriginal identity. 10.3% are visible minorities. 13.9% are 1st generation Canadians. 6.4% are 2nd generation. 79.8% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $371,650. Renters paid an average of $840 per month, with 7% in subsidized housing. 35.6% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 19.5% are condos. 4.5% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $39,214. 11.4% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 9.1% of children and 9.1% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are Canadian: 61455 / French: 32825 / Irish: 5635 / Scottish: 2355 / First Nations (North American Indian): 2075

IMMIGRATION: Africa-Other, France, Colombia, Morocco, Algeria are the top birth origins for immigrants. Colombia is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: Spanish, Arabic, Italian, German, and Portuguese are the most common non-official languages.

Official Mother Tongues: 87.5% French and 2.79% English.

EDUCATION: 7.9% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 40.5% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.


 
QUÉBEC IN 2015:

Jean-Yves Duclos (Liberal) won with 28.9% support — and a 1.9% margin of victory (4,820 votes) over NDP runner-up Annick Papillon.

Québec was the 25th closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 72.1%.

QUÉBEC IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016):

SIZE: 34.6 km2

POPULATION: 97,143 people in 2016: a change of 0.6% from 2011. The average age is 45.7, with 10.1% age 14 and under and 23.9% 65 and older.

94% are Canadian citizens. 9.3% are immigrants. 1.3% indicated Aboriginal identity. 8.2% are visible minorities. 11.9% are 1st generation Canadians. 5.8% are 2nd generation. 82.3% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $310,054. Renters paid an average of $792 per month, with 14.7% in subsidized housing. 8.2% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 23% are condos. 3.6% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $32,812. 19.4% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 18.3% of children and 21.1% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are Canadian: 56725 / French: 31725 / Irish: 5700 / First Nations (North American Indian): 2985 / Québécois: 2870

IMMIGRATION: France, Africa-Other, Asia-Other, Colombia, Americas-Other are the top birth origins for immigrants. France is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: Spanish, Arabic, German, Italian, and Portuguese are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 89.6% French and 2.7% English.

EDUCATION: 14.3% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 32.5% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson