La Prairie (electoral district)

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La Prairie
Quebec electoral district
Federal electoral district
LegislatureHouse of Commons
Jean-Claude Poissant
District created2013
First contested2015
District webpageprofile, map
Population (2011)[1]99,811
Electors (2015)81,637
Area (km²)[1]295
Pop. density (per km²)338.3
Census divisionsRoussillon
Census subdivisionsCandiac, Delson, Kahnawake 14, La Prairie, Saint-Constant, Sainte-Catherine, Saint-Mathieu, Saint-Philippe

La Prairie (previously known as Laprairie) is a federal electoral district in Quebec, Canada, that was represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1867 to 1896, 1968 to 1997, and again since 2015.

The riding of "Laprairie" was created by the British North America Act of 1867. It consisted of the Parishes of Laprairie, Saint-Philippe, Saint Jacques le Mineur, Saint Isidore and Saint Constant, the Indian Lands of Sault Saint Louis, and all islands in the River Saint Lawrence close to the county. It was abolished in 1892 when it was redistributed into the Châteauguay and Laprairie—Napierville electoral districts.

The riding was re-created in 1966 from Beauharnois—Salaberry and Châteauguay—Huntingdon—Laprairie ridings. It consisted of:

  • the City of Saint-Lambert;
  • the Towns of Brossard, Candiac, Châteauguay, Châteauguay-Centre, Châteauguay Heights, Delson, Greenfield Park, La Prairie, LeMoyne, Léry and Préville; and
  • in the County of Laprairie: the parish municipalities of Saint-Constant and Sainte-Catherine-d'Alexandrie-de-Laprairie; and the Indian Reserve of Caughnawaga No. 14.

In 1976, it was redefined to consist of:

  • the City of Saint-Lambert;
  • the Towns of Brossard, Candiac, Greenfield Park, La Prairie and LeMoyne; and
  • in the county of Laprairie: the municipality of Notre-Dame.

In 1980, it was renamed "La Prairie".

In 1987, it was redefined to consist of the towns of Brossard, Candiac, La Prairie et Saint-Lambert.

The riding was abolished in 1996 when it was abolished into Brossard—La Prairie and Saint-Lambert.

This riding was re-created during the 2012 electoral redistribution from parts of Châteauguay—Saint-Constant and Brossard—La Prairie.


The 2011 results, put onto the new boundaries for the La Prairie riding, showed strong support for the NDP. This support mainly came from the west of the riding, in cities formerly included in the old Châteauguay—Saint-Constant riding. They had lower support in La Prairie and Saint-Philippe, where the Liberals performed better. Conservative support was relatively uniform across the riding, while also being pretty weak. The Bloc Québécois, which would have come second in the riding, had its stronger support in the old riding of Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, but had some pockets within La Prairie.

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
1st  1867–1872     Alfred Pinsonneault Conservative
2nd  1872–1874
3rd  1874–1878
4th  1878–1882
5th  1882–1887
6th  1887–1891     Cyrille Doyon Independent Liberal
7th  1891–1896     Louis Conrad Pelletier Conservative
Riding dissolved into Châteauguay and Laprairie—Napierville
Riding re-created from Beauharnois—Salaberry and
28th  1968–1972     Ian Watson Liberal
29th  1972–1974
30th  1974–1979
31st  1979–1980 Pierre Deniger
La Prairie
32nd  1980–1984     Pierre Deniger Liberal
33rd  1984–1988     Fernand Jourdenais Progressive Conservative
34th  1988–1993
35th  1993–1997     Richard Bélisle Bloc Québécois
Riding dissolved into Brossard—La Prairie and Saint-Lambert
Riding re-created from Brossard—La Prairie and Châteauguay—Saint-Constant
42nd  2015–present     Jean-Claude Poissant Liberal

Election results[edit]

La Prairie, 2015–present[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jean-Claude Poissant 20,993 36.46 +23.24
Bloc Québécois Christian Picard 15,107 26.24 +0.51
New Democratic Pierre Chicoine 13,174 22.88 -27.08
Conservative Yves Perras 6,859 11.91 +2.46
Green Joanne Tomas 1,235 2.15 +0.69 $43.49
Marxist–Leninist Normand Chouinard 204 0.35
Total valid votes/Expense limit 57,572 100.00   $218,081.80
Total rejected ballots 996 1.70
Turnout 58,568 71.15
Eligible voters 82,318
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +25.16
Source: Elections Canada[2][3]
2011 federal election redistributed results[4]
Party Vote %
  New Democratic 25,308 50.0
  Bloc Québécois 13,035 25.7
  Conservative 6,697 13.2
  Liberal 4,787 9.5
  Green 736 1.5
  Marxist–Leninist 91 0.2

La Prairie, 1980–1987[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes
Bloc Québécois Richard Bélisle 27,490
Liberal Jacques Saada 27,014
Progressive Conservative Fernand Jourdenais 7,852
New Democratic Mohamed Akoum 708
Natural Law Pierre Montpetit 691
Commonwealth of Canada Alain Gauthier 200
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Fernand Jourdenais 30,834
Liberal Pierre Deniger 19,497
New Democratic Bruce Katz 6,228
Rhinoceros Marc-André Shakespeare Audet 1,378
Commonwealth of Canada Alain Gauthier 186
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Fernand Jourdenais 26,506
Liberal Pierre Deniger 25,182
New Democratic Lyse Chevalier-Grégoire 8,602
Rhinoceros Monique Spazzola Fisicaro 1,851
Parti nationaliste Marian Wecowski 1,373
Commonwealth of Canada Jean-Pierre Gélineau 157
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Pierre Deniger 36,842
New Democratic Jean-Claude Bohrer 5,894
Progressive Conservative Thérèse L'Écuyer 4,960
Rhinoceros Jacques Ferron 1,868
Social Credit Maurice Roy 948
Libertarian David B. Chamberlain 297
Union populaire Christian Labelle 222
Marxist–Leninist Jocelyne Éthier 87

Laprairie, 1966–1980[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Pierre Deniger 39,410
Progressive Conservative Jacques Vasseur 6,576
Social Credit Maurice Roy 4,461
New Democratic Jean-Claude Bohrer 4,188
Rhinoceros Jacques Cinq Cennes Marcotte 1,335
Libertarian David Beaulieu Chamberlain 435
Union populaire Christian Labelle 266
Marxist–Leninist Jocelyne Éthier 121
Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Ian Watson 35,276
Progressive Conservative Georges Brossard 12,767
New Democratic Jean-Claude Bohrer 5,153
Social Credit Aimé Coderre 3,855
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Ian Watson 34,557
Progressive Conservative Robert-F. Nelson 9,147
Social Credit Marcellin Gagnon 7,315
New Democratic Bernard Boulanger 5,261
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Ian Watson 31,968
Progressive Conservative H.-René Laberge 5,316
New Democratic Yves Demers 3,551
Ralliement créditiste Marcellin Gagnon 1,288

Laprairie, 1867–1892[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1891
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Louis Conrad Pelletier 970
Liberal Cyrille Doyon 916
Canadian federal election, 1887
Party Candidate Votes
Independent Liberal Cyrille Doyon 917
Conservative Joseph Tassé 894
Canadian federal election, 1882
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Alfred Pinsonneault 675
Unknown J.E. Robidoux 572
Canadian federal election, 1878
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Alfred Pinsonneault 661
Unknown T.A. Longtin 601
Canadian federal election, 1874
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Alfred Pinsonneault Acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1872
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Alfred Pinsonneault 632
Unknown J.-M. Loranger 563
Canadian federal election, 1867
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Alfred Pinsonneault 750
Unknown Mr. Normandeau 293

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Riding history from the Library of Parliament: