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Team ready to expand accomplishments as Pilon runs for fourth term as Vaudreuil-Dorion mayor


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Guy Pilon, who is seeking his fourth consecutive term as Vaudreuil-Dorion mayor, says the city’s many accomplishments are based on his vision and the work of his council that strive to make the municipality more than just another suburb.

The growing stature of Vaudreuil-Dorion as major commercial and industrial hub within the region are just two factors that prompted Guy Pilon to seek his fourth consecutive mandate as mayor in the upcoming municipal election, he told Your Local Journal during an interview Monday, October 16.

Pilon says the city’s many accomplishments are based on his vision and the work of his council that strive to make the municipality more than just another suburb. Both Pilon and his team of eight candidates for councillor are running under the Parti Action / Action Party political banner.

Industrial expansion

The ability of council to work together as a team enabled the city to get international technology giant Ericsson to invest over $1 billion and build a new facility in the city’s industrial sector. It also led Winpak to make a major investment and expand their Vaudreuil-Dorion manufacturing facility thereby preserving the city’s industrial base, said Pilon.

It’s the same vision that’s shared by his councillors that enabled them to quickly make the important decisions that led to Ericsson to decide Vaudreuil-Dorion’s industrial park was a great place to locate and for Winpak to stay and expand rather than relocating elsewhere, Pilon said.

“Our ability to work together helped us to make the right decisions at the right time. Otherwise, if we didn’t agree, we’d have to regularly debate the issues before reaching a consensus,” said Pilon.

National and international recognition

There are many factors that have drawn people to Vaudreuil-Dorion and made it a great place to live and work, said Pilon. The city now ranks 30th in total population out of about 1,100 Quebec municipalities and it placed 15th as the one of the best cities to raise a family in Canada according to a survey by MoneySense magazine this year.

Vaudreuil-Dorion also came in 14th for its economic vitality for municipalities throughout Quebec according to a study by the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ) – first within the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges region and third within the entire Montérégie region.

Pilon said he’s especially proud that Vaudreuil-Dorion was chosen as a co-recipient of an international award presently by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in Mexico City in 2016 for having the best cultural program – Je Suis – which is now being emulated by municipalities worldwide.

Family-oriented development

The family plays an important role in Vaudreuil-Dorion and Pilon is committed to keep improving its cultural and social fabric by creating more parks and green spaces, a new indoor aquatic centre, and expand it range of activities for all age groups.

“We will continue to give good services, improve our infrastructure and expand our bicycle paths,” said Pilon. The city’s bicycle path network now covers 27 kilometres of territory, 12 kms which were added in the past four years.

Pilon describes his role as mayor as an orchestra conductor who leads his councillors and administration by bringing out their best attributes. “I may not know how to play every instrument but I’m able to get the best out of my people,” said Pilon.

He also isn’t swayed by social media or allow it to influence his council’s decision making process. “I’m a very grounded person. I don’t manage my city or my team according to the number of likes I get on Facebook. I manage my team and city to ensure we get positive results,” said Pilon.

Campaign until the last minute

Pilon said he will keep knocking on doors with his team of councillors until the last minute to sway as many voters as possible to go the polls and cast their ballots. “People want to talk with you. They have questions. We will keep working each day until Saturday evening at 6 p.m. the day before the election,” he said.

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