Angelopoulos steering Laval through mayor’s absence

By Robert Frank

Laval’s four-person executive
committee has been running
Quebec’s third-largest city since
Oct. 24, when Gilles Vaillancourt
withdrew from day-to-day responsibilities as mayor, on the advice
of his physician.

With the mayor no longer available to chair Laval’s executive
committee, vice-chairman Basile
Angelopoulos has stepped in to fill
the breach.

“City business is proceeding as
normally as possible, though this
is a very unusual situation, so
there is a bit of adjustment taking
place at the moment in order to
keep things going,” executive
committee spokeswoman Johanne
Bournival told The Suburban.

Though municipal councilors
usually have part-time responsibilities, she said that the void has
obliged executive members to
increase the time that they spend
overseeing the municipal decisionmaking process.

Angelopoulos now visits city
hall daily to review files and be
briefed by municipal officials, to
ensure that nothing falls between
the cracks.

“There are timeframes associated some issues,” Bournival
explained, “and you have to keep
going in order to respect them.”

In addition to Chomedey councilor Angelopoulos, the other
three members of Laval’s executive committee are Renaud councilor Benoît Fradet, Souvenir-Labelle councilor Jocelyne Guertin, and Saint-Martin
councilor Alexandre

“The mayor wants to reassure the public that executive committee members will
ensure that Laval continues
to be run smoothly and
soundly,” Bournival conveyed in a statement.

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