In what turned out to be a landslide victory Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather was voted in as the Liberal Party of Canada nominee for the next federal election in Mount Royal riding. The battle for Mount Royal pitted the very popular Housefather against respected communications strategist Jonathan Goldbloom. After a campaign lasting most of this year it came down to 1900 ballots cast, the majority in Housefather’s favour, after he signed up more than 3000 new members to the party.
“What’s important now is to win the next election,” said the gracious Goldbloom after the results were announced, as he introduced the winning candidate. Goldbloom, son of renowned pediatrician-politician Dr. Victor Goldbloom, fought a passionate campaign for the seat, but in the end the popularity of the ever-present Housefather was too great.
In his victory speech delivered to a packed gymnasium of supporters at the Cote des Neiges Community Centre Housefather congratulated Goldbloom on a tough campaign. Jonathan and his family bring an “honoured, treasured and valued legacy to Montreal,” Housefather said in congratulating his opponent. He then invited all members to show unity to retain the iconic liberal riding which elected Pierre-Elliot Trudeau, Sheila Finestone and Irwin Cotler over the last four decades.
The nomination meeting was anticipated earlier in the fall but ultimately was postponed leaving scores of Housefather supporters who travel south for the winter unable to vote. Some delayed their scheduled departure in order to cast their ballot.
Housefather said that the conservatives plan to hotly contest this riding which has been liberal since its creation about 75 years ago. Housefather supporters from across the riding and indeed throughout Montreal cheered wildly when his name was announced as the winner of the nomination race.
It was a pleasure to work on Anthony’s campaign. His team came from many diverse backgrounds that make up Mount Royal riding and I enjoyed meeting and working with them all.
The liberal seat has been a lifelong dream for Anthony Housefather, and many believe, as do I, that he will prevail as an outstanding and extraordinary member of parliament.