Alain Dubuc — sailing on towards a career in politics

By Lisa Baum

A resident and businessman in Pointe Claire for the last 37 years, Alain Dubuc has a personal drive to tackle the subtler problems in local politics. When asked why he entered politics in an interview with The Suburban, he recounted an effort to amend the zoning on a property where he did business.

In spite of the rejection for his request, he stated that it is not the fact that he was rejected, but more the way in which he was treated which prompted him to enter politics, commenting, “I thought if I wanted things to change I had to get involved”.

Since moving to Pointe Claire in his early 20s, Alain Dubuc has made the city his home for nearly 40 years and now works here as a dispensing optician. Over the years, he has been involved in his fair share of, rather varied, voluntary organizations. Not busying himself enough by organizing 34 blood drives in the West Island, he has also been a district governor for Optimist International, an association devoted to “bringing out the best in youth”.

Bringing out the best in, not only youth, but anyone, is something about which Alain Dubuc is passionate. Now he has turned his attention to bringing out the best in Pointe Claire, and as he puts it “there are many things that can be done and improved”.

Community involvement lies at the heart of his motivation, and in all areas of his life he has been actively involved in sharing his expertise with community members. Since sailing is his passion, he is now working in his spare time with Association quebecois de voile adaptée (AQVA), an organization which enables people with mobility impairments to enjoy sailing. He is no beginner to life on the water himself, given that last year he sailed as part of a four man crew in a 36-foot sailboat, across the Atlantic. 

As someone so actively involved with members of his local community, it seemed a logical step for him to decide to stand for council. Standing in District 1 for Pointe Claire, Dubuc pointed out that there are many issues with which the council should stay busy over the coming years.
“The village is a jewel”, he commented, “An area with such historical significance has so much potential.”
Though Dubuc considers that the issues are many and that addressing everything which needs to improve is not something that can happen overnight, he speaks of piecemeal changes that would welcome more businesses and residents.
“After 5 p.m. the village is a desert, and I think that if there were more small businesses and people living here then there would be more life here. This is what I would like to create.”

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