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Saint-Lazare councillor resigns


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Saint-Lazare District 3 Councillor Martin Couture resigned from his position March 12. The town will be holding a by-election for the seat in June, 2019.

The Town of Saint-Lazare issued a brief press release Wednesday, March 13 stating District 3 Councillor Martin Couture had announced his resignation March 12 by email.

Couture was elected in the 2017 municipal election beating out opponents Sonny Pellicciotti and Constantinos Markakis for the seat. A chartered accountant, Couture’s campaign platform cited public security, bike paths and the city’s finances as priorities.

“I’m sorry to see Martin go,” said Mayor Robert Grimaudo. “He’s a good councillor and a knowledgeable person and was definitely a good addition to the team. It’s unfortunate that he’ll be leaving but we respect his decision and wish him all the best.”

The District 3 area includes the Chaline Valley dossier which is currently undergoing preparation for land stabilization to mitigate landslide risks.

Grimaudo said District 3 residents will continue to be served by the existing council. “The administration and the files do not get put aside because the councillor has resigned.”

As of press time, Couture did not respond to The Journal’s request for comment.

The town will hold a by-election in June to fill the empty seat. Communications Coordinator Rachel Gauthier-Langlois said it’s too early in the process to determine how much a by-election will cost. The next municipal election will take place in 2021.

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