Federal vote 2011: Candidate profile
Our series profiling the candidates vying to represent the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region continues with a look at two people seeking thesamefederal seat.
Close to 70 supporters came out Saturday when Liberal candidate Lyne Pelchat officially launched her campaign at Café Marijade inVaudreuil-Dorion.
Monday morning, Pelchat was still riding high fromwhat she said was a very positive event.
"There were people of all ages there, which to me represents the demographics of the region."
Pelchat outlined the cornerstones of her campaign: control on economic and agricultural development in the region, and support for families, students and seniors.
Watching her during the event was her 90year-old father-in-law, Dr. Remi Décary, who lives in Saint Lazare with Pelchat, her husband, StéphaneDécary and their 20-year-old daughter Véronique. As someone "living a multi-generational family life," Pelchat says she wants to see programs put in place to help families pay for education and which help seniors living on fixed incomes.
Her main priority if elected is to "get everyone to talk to each other."
The only way we can achieve anything if is the three levels of government, municipal, provincial and federal work together... Once elected there is no colour, no red, no blue."
When asked what she would bring to the table that the other candidates would not, Pelchat replied: "I'm from here, I live here, and I'm involved here. By being so involved I know what needs to be done, I don't need to be brought up to date."
She says she anticipates an interesting race against "good quality candidates."
Her objective is to see the Liberal platform launched in the region.
"I want to make sure of what we will bring and how that will be adapted to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region before going to Ottawa."
Pelchat is keenly aware of the riding strong agricultural roots.
"Sixty-percent of the riding is agricultural. That's huge. We need towns to grow, but we don't want to become another Laval. We want structure and balance."
Early years and experience
Lyne Pelchat was born in Salaberry-deValleyfield, but moved to Germany as a young child when her military father was stationed there.
She says living in a rural area of Germany until the age of 9 helped shape her love and protective instincts toward agricultural regions.
The family moved back to Quebec and Pelchat spent her teen years living in Pincourt. She moved to Saint-Lazare with her husband and daughter 16 years ago.
Pelchat has worked during the past 25 years in the sales marketing end of the electronics industry, first for two different companies, and then she became her own boss when she founded her own company in 2002.
"Since I didn't have to travel as much I knew it was a good time to get more involved inmycommunity," she noted.
Pelchat has been active with Réseau des femmes d'affaires du Québec in the region, as well as in theWest Island and Salaberryde-Valleyfield.
She's worked with the VaudreuilSoulanges Business People's Association, Regroupement des associations de gens d'affaires de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and is the current president and founding member of Association des gens d'action de VaudreuilSoulanges.
Accolades include being twice named the RFAQ Person of the Year, and winner of the group's excellence award for economic development.
She worked on the Seven Wonders of Vaudreuil-Soulanges Committee, the Territorial Committee on Social and Sustainable Development for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the Virtual Business Community Committee and MarchéGourmet.
She was also a key organizing member of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Economic Summit.
Pelchat says she strongly believes in the power of working together.
"By ourselves we can always accomplish a lot but when we group together we can do so much more," she said.
Lyne Pelchat's campaing office is located at 205, route De Lotbiniere in VaudreuilDorion. She can be reached at 514 3732437, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on her Facebookpage.
Marc Boudreau's campaign got off to a good start last week when he participated with Conservative Party Leader Stephen Harper in a rally in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. Boudreau, along with other Conservative candidates including Hudson resident Larry Smith, running for the Lac-Saint-Louis riding, say the "Montreal team" is ready to represent the region in Ottawa.
"I met for a few minutes with Stephen Harper, and he wanted to let me know he wants people fromsecond biggest city in the country to be part of the decision process in Ottawa," Boudreau said, adding, "Mr. Harper is counting on us... There is a (Conservative) Montreal team in place now that was not there in2008."
Boudreau, a lawyer, says his goals for the region would include helping seniors on fixed incomes and promoting programs keeping youths active and out of trouble.
He is passionate about helping victims, something that seems to run in the family.
Boudreau's grandfather, Émile Boudreau, was an architect of Quebec'sworkers' health and security lawthat was adopted in 1979.
The elder Boudreau, a lifelong union representative, was also called the father of health and security for the Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec, FTQ. He also represented metal workers and those hurt on the job. "My grandfather was a great man. I was raised hearing about collective agreements in the union world," he said.
Boudreau has also worked with PierreHugues Boisvenu, a senator and founder of theMurdered or Missing Persons' Families' Association. "I support anyone who is a victim but the first objective is to have less and less people committing crimes."
We need to keep our kids busy in something they are passionate about so we don't have youth gangs, Boudreau said, adding his law degee will help him be more effective whenrepreseting the region in Ottawa.
Background and goals
Marc Boudreau was born in 1996 in PointeClaire, and though he spent a large part of his childhood with his brothers in Lachine, his mother's family is from L'Île-Perrot. "This is my roots, I went to Cité-des-Jeunes High School, Iworked at McDonald's and as a lifeguard(here.) Iknowthis place well," he said.
Hismotherworked in the region as a restaurant waitress, while his father was as a union representative.
As a student, Boudreau demonstrated leadership skills and a knack for community involvement, joining the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Maison des Jeunes, Club Richelieu, Cirque de l'Espoir Foundation, and organizations aimed at helping youth in need. He was aminister of environment in the Quebec Student Parliament, where he helped pass the QuebecCharter of Environmental Rights.
Boudreau worked in petroleum products marketing before finishing law school at the University of Montreal. He specializes in labour law, diving his time between offices in Terrebonne andMontreal.
He has sat as a member of the administration council of Rosemont College, andwas a member of theMontreal East-Island Chamber of Commerce before joining the Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce and the BNI Affaires Rive-Nord.
Boudreau lives in Terrebonne with hiswife Karen Cox and their two children, Chloé and Justin. His personal interests include scuba diving and a goal to someday climbMount Kilimanjaro.
Marc Boudreau's campaign office is located at 100, boulevard Harwood, local M-5, in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The phone number is 450218-3999.
Marc Boudreau was busy in the region last week.
Liberal Candidate Lyne Pelchat with her father-in-law, Dr. Remi Décary, husband Stéphane Décary and daughter Véronique.