L'Île-Perrot Mayor ready for a sixth term
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L'Île-Perrot Mayor Marc Roy looks forward to another four-year term to address the challenges of the growing Off-Island community.
The incumbent mayor of L'Île-Perrot Marc Roy is seeking re-election during the 2017 municipal elections, potentially making this a sixth term for Roy who moved to L'Île-Perrot in 1983.
“I came here originally only for three years,” Roy says. “We made groups of friends. We joined the community. I got involved in hockey for my kids. That’s how it started.”
Roy never left. He enjoys living in L'Île-Perrot with his wife of 37 years and their two children. “I’ve been here for 34 years. In the same house.” Roy recently retired after a 39-year banking career to devote his time fully to his mayoral duties and community activities.
The revitalization of L'Île-Perrot and fiscal containment were two of Roy’s main projects over his five terms. “The two go hand in hand,” Roy says. “When I was first elected, it had been eight or nine years since the last new house had been built. Selling a house took two or three years.” Since then, both the residential and commercial real estate have boomed on L'Île-Perrot.
Roy is proud of several of the initiatives he participated in or managed over the years as mayor. He created the Mayor Foundation which helped raise over $250,000 for local youth organizations. The development of green and recreational areas, the modernization of the water purification plant, the construction of the public library and the creation of a first response team are some of the other projects Roy spearheaded. Roy also played a key role in setting up a viable public transportation system in the area. He also sits on the board of directors of the foundation of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence, and he serves as Deputy Prefect of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC.
Roy looks forward to consolidating the city’s public finances. A healthy management of public finances, the improvement of the quality of life for all residents and roadworks improvements are at the top of his list.
Roy is very well aware of traffic congestion in the morning and evening.
“The city was designed 150 years ago. The roads are not made to be doubled, but I’d like to build an exit lane at the intersection of Boulevard Perrot and Grand Boulevard to bypass the traffic light.” The other big project on his plate is the construction of an indoor pool in collaboration with Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot (NDIP) and Régie des équipements de loisir de l’Île Perrot (RELIP).
Roy also wants to improve access to aquatic recreational activities. “I want to have a park in the area close to the water treatment plan. I’d like to build an access ramp for boats and a pedestrian path around the bay area.” Roy also looks forward to his continued financial support of organizations endeavoring to help people in need. One of Roy’s favourite local causes is the Club des dîneurs of École François-Perrot, which provides free breakfasts, snacks and lunches to children who often go to school without having had breakfast or a packed lunch. “This is close to my heart. I can’t conceive of a child going to school on an empty stomach in 2017.”