Former Pincourt Councillor Jim Miron honoured by Quebec National Assembly accolade
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Jim Miron who recently retired after 23 years as Pincourt District 5 Councillor was recognized by Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols for his service to the community during a speech she gave at the Quebec National Assembly on November 23.
Former Pincourt District 5 Councillor Jim Miron said he was honoured when Vaudreuil provincial Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols paid tribute to him, two other former regional municipal councillors, and a former mayor for their 20-plus years of service during a brief speech at the National Assembly on November 23.
“I was recognized for my 23 years of service,” Miron told Your Local Journal. “It was pretty cool. It wasn’t expected. It was very nice for her to do that. You always appreciate being recognized for what you do. It was 23 years of my life that I’ve spent in Pincourt. It was good to get recognition.”
The three other politicians recognized for their former service were former Île-Perrot Mayor Marc Roy, 20 years; former Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot Councillor Michelle LeCavalier, 24 years; and former Vaudreuil-Dorion Councillor Rénald Gabriele, 20 years.
Miron was first elected to council in 1994. “I ran in six elections and I was elected by acclamation in each of the five following elections,” he said. “This last election, I figured I’m not going to push my luck. It was time to pass the flame along and let somebody else do it.”
Miron said the town has gone through significant changes including seeing the population almost double from around 8,500 residents 23 years ago to about 16,000 today. Pincourt also turned around its financial difficulties prevalent at the time and is financially stable today.
Social development policy
One of the more innovative facets developed by the town was the creation of its Social Development Policy almost five years ago. The rationale was to determine how best to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving demographics of its new citizens.
“Needs were changing. We were no longer an aging population,” said Miron. “All of a sudden, we were a much younger population. A lot of people were coming in from outside of Canada with different cultural experiences they could offer. It’s about trying to determine where we want to go as a municipality.
“The makeup of the population has gone from English and French being close to 90 per cent of the population, to allophones now making up at least 20 per cent of the town’s residents,” Miron added.
One island, one city
Miron has also been a strong advocate of merging all four municipalities on Île-Perrot into a one island, one city amalgamation and said he’s “ticked-off” it never happened during his tenure as councillor. Among the many benefits of the merger he cited, Miron said it would be more financially prudent.
“When you look back at the make-up of the island itself, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be a single entity. Economically, it makes so much damn sense. We don’t need four director generals or four treasurers,” said Miron.
“Each municipality has their own unique characteristics and strengths. It would be preferable to focus future development of the island based on each region’s uniqueness instead of trying to rival each other,” he added.
Having one municipality would also help to homogenize the island’s overall administration by reducing four municipal councils to one that would consist of one mayor and eight councillors, Miron said.
An amalgamated island would also put the population into the same range as Vaudreuil-Dorion with about 40,000 residents, said Miron. “That’s the next benefit. Now you have political weight and you say to the provincial government ‘I want Highway 20 donealop or a train station built.’ All of sudden, we’ll have power and push,” he said.
Miron said he’s also opposed to a new grassroots organization effort to preserve a small plot of forested land called Rousseau Forest. “There never has been a Rousseau Forest and there never will be. It’s just a name people have given to it,” he said.
“The town has been very clear. It’s been slated for development since the 1950s. I find it very egotistical of the people who live around there saying ‘I’ve got to keep my woods.’ But what about the person who was there before you when the woods were knocked down to make your house? That was fine,” said Miron.
“There’s a whole area of green space behind the high school that has been protected,” said Miron. There’s protected woodland on Boulevard de l’Île. We have a lot of protected areas. Let’s see what the developers come up with as a proposal.”