Liberal Peter Schiefke elected in Vaudreuil-Soulanges
MONTREAL – Liberal Peter Schiefke has been elected in Vaudreuil-Soulanges, one of the two Quebec ridings south of the Ottawa River.
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Schiefke grew up in Hudson.
He is an environmentalist who was National Director of Climate Reality Canada, the Canadian division of an organization founded by former United States Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Al Gore, which seeks to educate people on environmental issues.
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NDP incumbent Jamie Nicholls sought re-election in the riding, but came in second.
Nicholls’ 2011 victory was a huge upset over the Bloc Québécois incumbent, Melli Faille with 12,396 votes.
The region had elected mostly Liberal MPs until 2004, when the Bloc Québécois won the seat, making it a swing riding.
The Bloc held it for three straight elections prior to the NDP win in 2011.
The Bloc ran Vincent François, former provincial government advisor in the hopes of winning the seat back.
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He came in third place.
The Conservatives tried its luck with lawyer Marc Boudreau, but the Tories haven’t held the seat for about 50 years and ultimately came in fourth place.
While this riding retained its name, it is geographically about half the size it was in 2011.
The western half of the riding includes Saint-Rédempteur, Sainte-Marthe, Saint-Clet and Saint-Polycarpe has moved into the new riding of Salaberry-Suroît.
During the campaign, candidates gathered for a meet-and-greet at the Prenatal and Young Family Center to address local issues like women’s rights and aid for young families.
Median income in the 2011 census was $35,401, the fourth highest in the province, and has about 110,000 residents.
Vaudreuil-Soulanges has been known as an affordable place to live and is one of the fastest-growing communities in the country.
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