CSL Courier – December 2001

It is with sadness that I pen this column in the final edition of the Cote Saint-Luc Courier.  I have actively participated in our community my entire life – these past 12 years as City Councillor for District 6.  Because of the Quebec government’s anti-democratic mergers we will no longer control our own municipality as we have done so effectively since 1903.

Although I did not seek re-election (to the new mega-city) this time, I do plan to focus my civic attention on preserving and enhancing our volunteer Emergency Medical Services, with which I have been affiliated for more than 20 years.

I will continue to speak out against forced mergers, advocate for de-mergers and hold the provincial liberals to their promise when they are elected.  As well, I will lobby for greater safety for Pedestrians in highly visible and clearly marked pedestrian corridors across the province as is currently the norm in other provinces and states.

I was elected by acclamation in 1990 as the youngest City Councillor, and was re-acclaimed in 1994 and 1998. It has been a privilege to serve as chair on the  Emergency Services, Emergency Preparedness, Volunteers’ Night, Strategic Planning, Twin City, and Canada Day committees.  I have also been a member of the Town Planning, Audit, Parks, Building, Railway, Welcoming and Communications committees.

I have advocated for the recognition of Paramedics in Quebec for the last 20 years and am proud to see that this is slowly becoming a reality at long last.  I introduced the very first municipal bylaw in Canada legislating mandatory wearing of helmets for cyclists and skaters, which has since become the norm in many parts of the country.  I am truly proud to be serving as the last Pro-Mayor of this City.

I hope that in the not too distant future, our City, and others being forcibly merged, will rise from the ashes of Bill 170, and continue in the rich heritage of our  98 year old community.  It has been a great honour to serve as your representative at City Hall during the last 12 years and to participate in many important achievements.  My sincere thanks go out to our Mayor and Council, administration and staff and of course to all my electors.  Whatever comes, I will continue to proudly serve the community one way or another.