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Pincourt councillor appointed to UMQ planning and transport committee


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Pincourt District 1 Councillor Alexandre Wolford, who was recently appointed to the UMQ Planning and Transport Committee, plans to raise issues that affect small municipalities within the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

One of Quebec’s youngest municipal politicians, Pincourt District 1 Councillor Alexandre Wolford was recently appointed by the Union des Municipalitiés du Québec (UMQ) to sit as a member of its Commission de l’aménagement et des transports (Planning and Transport Committee).

Wolford told Your Local Journal during an interview Tuesday, November 29, that he’s proud of his appointment and will use the forum to raise issues that affect small municipalities. He is also of a member of the UMQ’s Commission des jeunes élus et élues for municipal politicians under age 35.

“My new appointment will give us a voice in the region. You have voices for large cities like Montreal and Quebec City but there’s no voice for small cities in Vaudreuil-Soulanges and I hope to be that voice at this table. I want to show what our problems are when it comes to issues like urban planning and public transit,” said 25-year-old Wolford.

He’s also involved in other regional activities including sitting as Vice-President of the Executive Board for the Société de développement du Parc historique de la Pointe-du-Moulin in Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot. “I try to be everywhere to give a voice to the citizens and to contribute to the development of the region,” said Wolford.

His community involvement began at age 16 when he first started working at the Pincourt Omni-Centre handling various responsibilities and tasks over the next six years which is what eventually led him to run for councillor in the 2013 municipal election.

“This is one of the reasons I was elected,” said Wolford who was 22 at the time. “I want to change our city and region so if I can get involved, why not? And since I’m young it gives me more of a chance to achieve that. It’s always important to talk with citizens to understand their needs. I’ve been able to help my citizens and help to change things.”

Aside from Mayor Yvan Cardinal and District 5 Councillor Jim Miron who were both re-elected by acclamation in 2013, Wolford was one of five newly elected councillors. “It’s a completely different world. First you have to learn the job and what you can and can’t do. Then you learn that what you hope to achieve in one year will take longer and that not everything is easy.”

In addition to his political responsibilities, Wolford is completing a second Master’s degree in Urban Studies at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS University) in downtown Montreal. His first Master’s was in Urban History which allowed him to work on the Turcot Interchange that is currently being completely reconfigured.

Wolford isn’t sure whether he’ll run for a second mandate as councillor, saying it’ll depend on the completion of his second degree and whether other job prospects become available. Wolford encourages other young people to become active in their communities saying that their participation can make a difference even on a municipal level.

As with most Pincourt residents, Wolford is anxious to see the eventual completion of the long-awaited Pincourt indoor sports complex, saying he’s been waiting for its opening ever since the project was first announced when he was a teenager more than 10 years ago.

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