Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather announced his intention to seek the liberal nomination in the federal riding of Mount Royal Friday morning at the Cavendish Mall. An array of local elected officials took part in the announcement, including Lawrence Bergman, MNA for D’Arcy McGee, the members of city council of Cote Saint-Luc, Hampstead councillors along with a message of support from Mayor William Steinberg, TMR Mayor Philippe Roy, Montreal West Mayor Benny Masala with members of his council and Westmount Mayor Peter Trent.
The mayors spoke glowingly about Housefather’s integrity, values, dedication and intelligence. Mayor Roy called Housefather one of the most energetic people he’s met, working round the clock on behalf of his constituents, and on weekends when most people relax, Roy said Housefather is busy with swim competitions, drama performances and continuing to advocate on behalf of constituents.
Mayor Trent lauded Housefather as a brilliant leader who will do an outstanding job for the Mount Royal constituency when he represents them in Ottawa.
EMSB commissioner Sid Wise told the crowd that while he was tempted to support the Tory’s he will put that notion on hold for the next “five or six elections” as no one will represent the riding better than Housefather.
Housefather stated he knows every inch of the riding and every issue, having spent the last 20 years on the municipal scene, in Hampstead and Cote Saint-Luc, as a borough councillor, and in close cooperation with colleagues in TMR, and the Snowdon district.
A competitive swimmer since his youth, Anthony was instrumental in bringing to reality a long anticipated Aquatic and Community Centre that he personally championed, and ensured delivery on time and on budget.
I personally worked side by side with Anthony Housefather in the demerger campaign along with Mitchell Brownstein and Ruth Kovac. I worked closely with him and Lawrence Bergman and Ruth Kovac to save our volunteer Emergency Medical Services. We were actively involved together with Ruth Kovac in saving our Police Station and Fire Station from closure. For these reasons I know so well that Anthony is the right candidate worthy of election as our next Member of Parliament.
Anthony is an ardent supporter and promoter of the CSL Human Rights Walkway. He prides himself on his administrative acumen of running public office with sound business principles, treating constituents like shareholders and promising a return on their investment. In so doing, he has reshaped City Hall with a young, dynamic team of professionals to develop CSL as a leader among municipalities.
Anthony has represented the English-speaking community of Quebec and has spoken out forcefully in its defence. He is passionate about a strong Quebec in a united Canada and says so often and loudly. We need Anthony as our representative to speak up against the threat of the Quebec separatists, to support of our rights and freedom, and to advocate bilingualism.