• John Jantak

'Team we are' to challenge Vaudreuil-Dorion political status quo


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion mayoral candidate Pierre Séguin (centre) and leader of the Équipe Nous sommes / Team we are political party and the eight candidates running for council – (left to right) Anita Ali (District 3), Tahina Manantsoa (District 2), Delphine Camet (District 5), Michel Dandurand (District 7), Chantal Brunet (District 1), Daniel Landry (District 8), Karine Roy (District 4), and Marc Langlois (District 6).

More than 150 people gathered last Friday, March 31, at the Golfin-Dorion to hear Pierre Séguin announce his candidacy for mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion and present a full slate of eight candidates for council in the upcoming municipal election this fall under the political banner Équipe Nous sommes / Team we are.

Séguin told the enthusiastic gathering the wording for the Team we are logo is meant to focus on the inclusiveness of all the city’s residents including minorities and Anglophones whose numbers continue to increase as more people move into the municipality.

It’s also a major reason why the eight candidates running in their respective council districts are represented by five women and three men, said Séguin. He noted that the team reflects the new face of Vaudreuil-Dorion, its diversity and dynamism.

The candidates for council are Chantal Brunet (District 1 Quinchien), Tahina Manantsoa (District 2, Valois), Karine Anita Ali (District 3, des Bâtisseurs), Karine Roy (District 4, de la Seigneurie), Delphine Camet (District 5, des Chenaux), Marc Langlois (District 6, Saint-Michel), Michel Dandurand (District 7, Desrochers) and Daniel Landry (District 8, de la Baie).

Party inclusive to all residents

Séguin said the party’s inclusiveness towards all citizens is evident by the foreign origins of three council candidates who came to Quebec as newcomers – Ali from Bangladesh, Manantsoa from Madagascar, and Camet with roots from both France and Poland.

An election victory for their team will ensure room is made at the decision-making table for English-speaking and cultural communities, given their growing number and contribution to the development of the city, said Séguin.

“Our team absolutely reflects the city’s diversity,” Séguin said. “Vaudreuil-Dorion isn’t just French-speaking. There are a lot English-speaking people and a lot of people from different origins. We wanted to make sure everybody is well represented in the team.”

A confident team

Séguin expressed total confidence in the team saying all the candidates have a lot of experience within their individual fields of expertise. Séguin himself has worked for almost 20 years as a legal advisor to the city but left his position before announcing his candidacy for mayor.

Real change will only come if the electorate decides to vote for a new mayor and councillors, according to Séguin. “Mr. (Guy) Pilon has been at municipal council since 1998 and there are two councillors that have been there for about 27 years. Democracy means that sometimes we need a change in terms of leaders and representatives. If we don’t do that, it’s always the same old thing. There are no new ideas. It’s always the status quo.”

Séguin said he’s pleased real debates will finally take place in the upcoming election, saying that citizens will finally have the opportunity to make a real choice as to who they want to lead the city and that election-by-acclamation is a thing of the past. More details regarding the Team we are platform will be announced in the weeks leading up to the election.

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