• September 4, 2009 6:45 AM
  • - General

Nomination meetings in 7 ridings in Quebec - Gaspésie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Saint-Lambert, Brossard - Laprairie, Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Outremont, Saint-Bruno-Saint-Hubert, Vaudreuil-Soulanges

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Political Lieutenant in Quebec for Prime Minister Harper. (CNW Group/Conservative Party of Canada)


    MONTREAL, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - During several nomination meetings held
almost simultaneously, members of the local riding associations of the
Conservative Party of Canada elected their candidates for the next federal
election.
    The political Lieutenant in Quebec, Minister Christian Paradis, was
pleased to congratulate the new candidates, saying he was happy to welcome
them within the Conservative Party of Canada. The Minister added that Quebec
needs dedicated people to stand up for their ridings' members.
    "In the context of the global recession, it's more important than ever to
focus on the economy, and not on an opportunistic election, contrary to
Michael Ignatieff and the Opposition. However, we must be ready and I'm
pleased that our team can count on Régent Bastien in
Gaspésie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine; Qais Hamidi in Saint-Lambert; Maurice Brossard
in Brossard - Laprairie; Charles K. Langford in Laurier Sainte-Marie; Nicole
Charbonneau-Barron in Saint-Bruno-Saint-Hubert; and Claude-Marc Boudreau in
Vaudreuil-Soulanges," said Minister Paradis.
    About the Conservative Party of Canada - A major rally of activists and
friends of the Conservative Party was recently held in Montreal, where more
than 2,000 people attended a Fundraising Cocktail. Moreover, on June 24, in
the Baie de Beauport, there were more than 400 people to celebrate in the
presence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. And don't forget that in July,
Political Operations organized a training session that was a remarkable
success. Let's also remember that the unification of the Conservative Parties
of Canada has restored and revitalized the national political movement which
has been working for more than 140 years for the creation of a stronger, safer
and better Canada. Among the conservative accomplishments, let's mention the
Confederation, women's right to vote, the Canadian Bill of Rights and the Free
Trade Agreement.

    CANDIDATES' BIOGRAPHIES

    Régent Bastien: Gaspésie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine

    Mr. Bastien lives in Pasbébiac. He is a teacher in Administration for the
René-Lévesque School Board and his commitment is outstanding considering the
variety of the projects he initiated and his long-standing participation to
his community's organizations. He is Commissioner for the Commission de crédit
de la Caisse populaire de Paspébiac, Director of the Comité du Site
Historique, and Executive Member of the MRC de Bonaventure. He was Mayor of
Paspébiac from November 2001 to November 2005. Mr. Bastien supervised many
infrastructure projects - water supply system and reservoirs - and the
creation of family and cultural policies. He is the proud founder of the ferry
project between Paspébiac/Grande-Anse or Caraquet. Among all his activities,
he also was fundraising President for the construction of a 12 lodging units
building for elders. He was member of many organizations, such as the Economic
Development Corporation of Paspébiac and the Children's Christmas Dinner.

    Qais Hamidi: Saint-Lambert

    Mr. Hamidi lives in Brossard and is of Afghan origin. He is President and
founding member of an international firm offering professional services to
government agencies in various countries. His company has commercial
establishments in Afghanistan, in the US and in Germany. During many years, he
was manager of federal programs, and he was deeply implied in the support
given by the United Nations when Afghanistan went though a transition
government. He has a deep experience of international affairs, and he has a
good knowledge of political issues related to cultural communities. He
participated to the preparedness of the Prime Minister's first visit in
Afghanistan. He speaks French, English, Dari, German and Pashto. In 2005, he
completed a training program for peacekeeping operations given by the Canadian
Forces at CFB Kingston.

    Maurice Brossard: Brossard - Laprairie

    Mr. Brossard, who has a strong experience in administration and project
management, is deeply committed in advocating the 114,000 residents of the
riding of Brossard - La Prairie. He started as a mathematics teacher at the
high school level and became school principal at the age of... 28. Later, he
became General Manager of the School Board of Chateauguay. Mr. Brossard has
also contributed to the development of the region as Vice-President of the
Association des gens d'affaires La Citière - Roussillon, and as co-founder of
the Chamber of Commerce Royal-Roussillon, being the first CEO. In February
2009, he co-founded a firm helping businesses to benefit from the programs
offered by the various levels of government. He is dedicated to the community
for social causes such as Carrefour-Jeunesse Emploi de La Prairie and La
Maison Parents-Enfants. His last intervention is at Info-Crime, as President
of the Committee of Montreal's South Shore. He was candidate in Brossard - La
Prairie during the 2008 federal election. Maurice Brossard was born and lives
in La Prairie. He has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

    Charles K. Langford: Laurier-Sainte-Marie

    Mr. Langford is a teacher at the Ecole des sciences de la gestion of the
University of Quebec in Montreal. He has a deep knowledge of management
practices. Besides teaching at UQAM, Mr. Langford holds conferences on
taxation and portfolio management in Europe and North America. He is a Fellow
of The Canadian Securities Institute. Mr. Langford has written several books
on finance administration. He was published by Italian, French and Canadian
editors. Charles K. Langford believes in Conservative values and wants to
contribute by being a candidate.

    Rodolphe Husny: Outremont

    Rodolphe J. Husny is a member of the Leaders Circle and was a delegate at
the Conservative Party Convention in Winnipeg in November 2008. Interested in
business development and politics, he joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce of
Montreal (JCCM) and the Regroupement des Jeunes Chambres de Commerce du Québec
(RJCCQ). He is a member of several economic organizations such as Young
Canadians in Finance (YCIF), the Fondation du Maire de Montréal pour la
Jeunesse, the Conseil des Relations Internationales de Montréal (CORIM), and
the Montreal Economic Institute (IEDM). He likes the cultural world and
contributes as a member of several museums in Montreal, the Ballet Jazz de
Montréal and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He joined the great social media
adventure with his blog www.rudyhusny.ca/blog. Mr. Husny is also candidate as
a Chartered Accountant (CA) and assists to a professional training session on
Audit (2006-2009). He was a certified runner of the Fédération Suisse de Ski.

    Nicole Charbonneau Barron: Saint-Bruno-Saint-Hubert

    Mrs. Charbonneau Barron has been City Councillor since November 2005. She
has been a member of the Women's Association for Education and Social Action
(AFEAS) since May 2009, and also was member of the Board of the Association
pour l'excellence en restauration (APER) in 2000-2005. Mrs. Charbonneau Barron
is involved in the community as a member of several groups such as the
Association des familles soutien des aînés de Saint-Hubert, the Centre de
Développement Femmes et Gouvernance and many organizations in the municipal
and school sectors. From 1996 to 2004, Mrs. Charbonneau Barron was in charge
of the fundraising campaign of the Centre de formation en restauration, whose
mission is to help young women in difficulty to enter the labour force. Mrs.
Charbonneau Barron is married and mother of three.

    Claude-Marc Boudreau: Vaudreuil-Soulanges

    Lawyer, Me Claude-Marc Boudreau has been in private practice for more
than 25 years. Senior Partner of Boudreau et Associés, he is specialized in
labour law, bankruptcy law and litigation. The firm Boudreau et Associés has
two offices; one in Montreal and one in Terrebonne. Besides his professional
activities, Mr. Boudreau is a member of many organizations. As a legal
advisor, is a member of the Board of the Société D.L. Tech Inc., the East
Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber of Commerce of
Terrebonne. He also volunteers for several philanthropic organizations such as
the Club Richelieu and the Fondation du Cirque de l'espoir. Between 2004 and
2006, he was member of the Board of the Rosemont College. As an active member
of the Conservative Party of Canada, Me Boudreau co-presided the Party's
Fundraising Cocktail on May 20, when more than 2,000 people gathered in the
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