Pointe Claire election round-up

Voters keep up tradition 

By Jim Morrison

The city of Pointe Claire kept up tradition as municipal political veteran, Morris Trudeau, was elected mayor, defeating municipal newcomer John Belvedere. It was a tight race as Trudeau received 53.36 percent of the vote, while Belvedere established 46.64 per cent.

Trudeau has held the chair of city councilor, Oneida District 8, for the past 15 years.

“I will be meeting with outgoing mayor, Bill McMurchie, to discuss the village plan, the new arena, and the revitalization of the soccer chalets” Trudeau told The Suburban following his victory late Sunday night.

“I will also be meeting with our new councillors, and local mayors in addressing the water control with newly appointed Montreal mayor, Denis Corderre.” said Trudeau.

“Morris is a good man with plenty of community ties. He is big with the Old Timers hockey in our area.” said longtime resident, John Harmidy living in District 5.

“I like Trudeau because he sat on council for 15 years, whereas Belvedere has no council experience, but mostly because Trudeau knocked on my door and spoke to me, and was at another event talking to citizens, and I think that’s important” said Pointe Claire’s Sharon Beaumont who resides in District 7. 

The John Belvedere camp was relying on change as the 100 volunteers gathered at the Pointe Claire Curling Club awaiting results Sunday evening.

“I’d say Pointe Claire needs a new fresh face and Belvedere is just that. He’s going to bring a modern twist and outlook to our city.” Declared first time voter, Tamra Canty Currie.

“John is the kind of guy who is the first one to help, and not afraid to roll up his sleeves to get things done.” added campaign volunteer, Sharon Hyland.

Said Belvedere, “the public made its choice and I respect that. I will continue to work in the community and continue volunteering.”

Morris Trudeau will be sworn into office Monday, Nov. 11.

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