Action Party announces candidates for upcoming Vaudreuil-Dorion election
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Guy Pilon, who is running for a fourth consecutive term as mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion and his second mandate under the Action Party political banner, introduces the eight candidates for municipal council during the official campaign launch last Thursday, September 28. Top row left to right – Paul Dumoulin (District 8), Gabriel Parent (6), Paul Normand (7), François Séguin (2). Bottom row left to right – Jasmine Sharma (District 3), Céline Chartier (4), Diane Morin (5), Josée Clément (1).
Guy Pilon, who is running for a fourth consecutive term as mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion under the Action Party political banner, introduced the eight candidates vying for a council seat during the official campaign launch to a crowd of around 100 people at the Opti-Centre last Thursday evening, September 28.
Among the council candidates are two newcomers – Josée Clément (District 1-Quinchien) and Jasmine Sharma (District 3-des Bâtisseurs). They are replacing Councillors Claude Beaudoin and Robert Laurence respectively who are retiring.
Diane Morin (District 5-des Chenaux), the only Action Party candidate not elected in the 2013 election after losing to independent candidate Céline Chartier at the time in District 4, will replace outgoing councillor Rénald Gabrielle who is also retiring. Chartier (District 4-de la Seigneurie) is allied with the Action Party in this election.
The four other Action Party candidates seeking re-election for council are François Séguin (District 2-Valois), Gabriel Parent (District 6-St. Michel), Paul Normand (District 7-Desrochers) and Paul Dumoulin (District 8-de la Baie).
Four women candidates
With four women candidates, it could be the first time that Vaudreuil-Dorion has equal representation on council if they are all elected.
Pilon said that while it would be nice to have an equal balance of men and women, the four female candidates were chosen based on their experience, personal and professional attributes, and the positive contributions they can make to the city in their roles as councillors.
“It’s not something I did intentionally. I chose the best people who were available and this is what I’m proud about. The women who are running with me have the experience and they will be dedicated to fulfill their positions. These people were never chosen to make council look good. They were chosen for their competence and qualifications,” Pilon told Your Local Journal.
With a tax rate that is among the lowest in the region and with property values increasing, Pilon said his team is committed to continue improving the quality of life for their citizens. He noted that a survey published by MoneySense magazine in July ranked Vaudreuil-Dorion as the 15th best place to raise kids among the top 100 municipalities across Canada that were surveyed.
Pilon also touted the $1.3 billion investment by Ericsson for its new research and development facility which officially opened last December as a major coup achieved by the current administration which will have a positive impact on the city and province for the income stream it will generate.
“We are very proud to provide our citizens a wonderful quality of life and a clean and secure environment. Our challenge is not only to look after and provide services to our young families, but also to consider the future of our adolescents who will populate our territory in the coming years,” said Pilon.
Future projects envision the continued revitalization of Harwood Boulevard, the completion of Autoroute 20, improving public transit service, preserving additional green spaces and establishing a first-responder emergency team.