Pincourt Mayor Cardinal announces he will run for fourth term
By John Jantak
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
With three terms as mayor of Pincourt already under his belt, Yvan Cardinal is looking forward to another four years as he announced his intentions to again throw his hat in the municipal election ring this November.
Yvan Cardinal confirmed he will seek re-election for a fourth term as mayor of Pincourt. Cardinal revealed his intentions during an exclusive interview with The Journal at his city hall office on Tuesday, March 30.
“I like the job. And the one thing I appreciate from our citizens is they have respect for our elected officials which is very special in our town. When I first ran 12 years ago I was running for the citizens. I’m here to represent them and to listen to what they have to say. This is what I’ve been doing ever since I was first elected and I want to continue doing the same thing into a fourth mandate,” said Cardinal.
For Cardinal, one of the biggest accomplishments during his current term was to preserve Rousseau Forest from development. The mayor listened to area residents’ concerns for the past two years regarding the importance of protecting one of the last wooded areas in the town.
After continued persistence from the grassroots Pincourt Vert environmental group regarding the significance of preserving the woodland, Cardinal and council responded by adopting a resolution last November that gave the concerned citizens what they wanted, a protected green space.
The mayor is also proud of the town’s social development policy which has enabled all citizens including those from diverse multicultural groups to participate and make recommendations from staging various activities to promoting social cohesion, and adopting policies that make the town accessible and welcoming to everyone including youth, seniors, and people with mobility issues.
The completion of the Résidence Pointe-aux-Renards for seniors on 10 Rue de la Coopérative was another important milestone that Cardinal achieved, as was the reconfiguration of Chemin Duhamel into a partial riverside promenade for cyclists and pedestrians.
Cardinal also noted that during the past 12 years, property taxes have risen on average 1.5 per cent annually, one of the lowest taxation rates in the region.
As the population continues to grow, increasing from about 11,000 residents to just over 15,000 residents today, development options have become limited. Cardinal said one of the last areas to be developed will be the forested land that borders Highway 20, Boulevard de l’Île, 5th Avenue and its easternmost boundary with neighbouring L’Île-Perrot.
Due to the scarcity of land, Cardinal said future residential developments will be like the new four-storey condominium project that is currently being built on Boulevard Cardinal-Léger near the intersection of 5th Avenue.
While there are no new projects currently planned, multi-unit residential buildings will become the norm because the city has to follow the density specifications outlined in the Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement (PMAD) set by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), said Cardinal.
The city is also forging ahead with its plans to build a new arena now that all three neighbouring municipalities – L’Île Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot and Terrasse-Vaudreuil – support the project. It will be located behind École secondaire du Chêne-Bleu.
The former arena, which has sat abandoned across the street on Boulevard Pincourt for almost 20 years, will eventually be demolished. It still hasn’t been decided how the vacant land will be developed. “We will try to find another project for that area,” said Cardinal
Le Faubourg de l’Île
The city is also continuing its efforts to help Groupe Quint which owns and operates Le Faubourg de l’Île shopping mall to revive the struggling plaza. “We’re continuing to work with them to try to develop new strategies,” said Cardinal.
“At the same time,” he added, “if the city ever needs to use a facility we will use one of theirs. There is good cooperation between us. We’re working with them to try to find a solution to the situation. I hope they find a project they will be able to propose to the city. We will listen to what they have to say.”