Michel Trottier–Fabreville

Meet your new city councillor

By Geneviève April

“I was expecting to win, but I might have been the only one,” Trottier laughed.

“I think that people voted for someone whom they knew would bring change to city hall,” Trottier smiled, speaking openly of his first plunge into politics. “I don’t have a politician’s personality: I’m spontaneous and affable—a smiling, dynamic Joe Blow.”

He expects that he’ll be welcomed by the other councillors and looks forward to amiable collaboration.

“I’m optimistic that I will work well with them,” he predicted. “Though I’ll be an opposition councillor, if an idea is good, it doesn’t matter where it came from. It’s still a good idea!”

He hopes to move the Bois de l’Équerre file forward, to help it realize its full potential as a major park. He also noted Fabreville’s duality, with Champfleury being a well-organized, well-structured and closely-knit community; and old Fabreville having been somewhat neglected, with few citizen-driven organizations.

“That part of the neighborhood needs a little love. Parks have been left aside, there is no structured citizen consultation mechanism to compare with Champfleury,” Trottier observed. “These are two different realities that have to be addressed accordingly.”

His message to Fabreville’s residents: Get involved!

“I don’t have all the answers,” the admitted. “I want for people to make suggestions, because I am their voice in city hall, where I can turn ideas into action. But I want it to be our ideas, not just mine. It has to come from the citizens.”

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