This last weekend marked the official beginning of campaigning in the Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles by-election to choose a new borough mayor. The candidate nomination period is open until May 7th, though the three main parties have already chosen their respective candidates. All three candidates are women, virtually ensuring that the next mayor will be a woman. This will be a welcome change given that current only 4 out of Montréal’s 19 boroughs are lead by women mayors. The candidates now have little over a month to make their case before the June 6th election.
Here’s a quick look at the main contenders:
Union Montréal – Barbara Pisani
A businesswoman of Italian origin, this is Pisani’s first run for political office. She is currently an executive at Protection SBCO, a company specialising in earthquake protection technology. Other than her professional experience she has also been involved in various Italian-Canadian business associations, as well as the Canada Africa Community Health Alliance. She is a resident of Saint-Laurent, though was born and raised in Rivière-des-Prairies.
Vision Montréal – Chantal Rouleau
This is Rouleau’s second time running for the borough mayorship, having narrowly lost to the Union candidate during last fall’s general election. The party nomination was hotly contested with four possible candidates facing off at a nomination meeting attended by over 300 people. After two rounds of voting, Rouleau was selected as the party’s candidate. Before running for office Rouleau worked extensively on issues around the restauration of the Saint-Laurence River, including coordinating the Comité ZIP Jacques-Cartier and implementing the Réseau bleu project with the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal.
Projet Montréal – Colette Paul
A lawyer by training, Paul is a veteran of local politics. She served as city councillor for Pointe-aux-Trembles from 1994 to 2005 as a Vision councillor and was for five years she chaired the City’s finance committee. She was also chair of the Pointe-aux-Trembles neighbourhood council, the pre-merger predecessor of our current borough councils. Before being elected to City Council she also served as a school board commissioner for 7 years.