By Kevin Woodhouse
While many West Island municipalities are offering up plenty of candidates to choose from in the upcoming November municipal election, there are some contested races happening off the island.
Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon, running as part of the Parti de l’action de Vaudreuil-Dorion, will face off against resident Mario Tanguay.
Tanguay seems to have one single issue he has been pressing on which is the city’s plans to invest more into the Félix Leclerc house restoration project. Mayor Guy Pilon’s initiative to restore the house of the iconic Leclerc has the support of Leclerc’s son, but Tanguay takes issue with it.
Pilon’s multi-mandate record of achievement speaks for itself. “Vaudreuil has experienced unprecedented growth and all of our citizens are benefiting from the new parks, arenas and services,” he said. For the coming mandate his team’s plan includes the installation of “a new skating park and the Dorion sector has to be re-built. We have to plan for the municipality’s next 15-20 years, not just now”
With the recent investment of more than $1 billion from Ericsson, Pilon hopes to attract more business and industry to the ever growing region, in order to “give residents the option of working and living in Vaudreuil-Dorion because the new companies to give people the choice to work here for a better quality of life.” Pilon has guided his city into the enviable position of being one of the few with a surplus.
The city of Hudson’s mayoral race has three contenders with Jacques Bourgeois running one three key points: improved governance, managed development and a preserved quality of life.
Bourgeois is in favour of reviewing the city’s tree cutting bylaw but is against “wetland swaps” as well as the Enbridge pipeline.
Ed Prévost has been living in Hudson for the last nine years and at 72, is ready to step up as mayor. “If Hudson was progressing and humming in the right direction with responsible, accountable, and a transparent administration, I would not be running,” Prévost noted.
The mayoral aspirant wants to bring a new vision to the town that “will have been developed from consultations with the electorate.
“We need to develop a new era of trust, honest debate, and complete transparency. That alone would be a breath of fresh air! There is a fine line between negative and constructive criticism,” explained Prévost. “We need more of the latter.”
Like his two opponents, longtime resident Gary MacDonald is also seeking to make the city’s administration more transparent
In St. Lazare, incumbent mayor Robert Grimaudo, who beat former mayor Paul Carzoli in a byelection 15 months ago with a paperless campaign, is seeking a four-year mandate and will go up against District 4 Councillor Michael Lambert, who is running under the Alliance St. Lazare part banner.
Over in Île Perrot, Mayor Marc Roy can spend the next month thanking his constituents for their trust in him as he was acclaimed so no mayoral race will occur this year.
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