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Politics

Federal Election 2015: Bécancour-Nicolet-Saurel riding results

Summary: Younger voters in this riding have grown up with Louis Plamondon as their MP. First elected 31 years ago, he is the longest-serving current member of the House of Commons. He narrowly avoided defeat in the orange wave of 2011, and is seeking a tenth straight win this year.

Boundaries: This riding is along the south side of the Saint Lawrence river, east of Montreal. It has a new name for this election. Formerly called Bas-Richelieu—Nicolet—Bécancour, the county muncipality of Bas Richelieu changed its name to Pierre-De-Saurel, and so the riding name has changed to match. The boundaries remain the same.

Last Election: In 2011, BQ Plamondon earned 38.3 per cent of the vote, defeating NDP Krista Lalonde by 1,341 votes. 

History: Plamondon was first elected here as a Progressive Conservative. He left the party to help found the Bloc Québécois in 1990. His win in 2011 was his smallest margin of victory since he began running in 1984. In every other election, he had won with at least 50 per cent of the vote.

Candidates

Conservative: Yves Laberge, University of Ottawa professor

NDP: Nicolas Tabah, political staffer

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Liberal: Claude Carpentier, former police office and administrator

Bloc Québécois:  Louis Plamondon, MP since 1984

Green: Claude Poudrier, works for Grantuned, which converts vehicle fleets from gas to electricity