Cote Saint-Luc Councillor Mitchell Brownstein made it formal at tonight’s packed public council meeting, announcing his resignation in order to run for mayor and allow for a concurrent by-election for his seat in District 7.
“As the only declared candidate for mayor who is supported by the entire city council of Côte Saint-Luc and former Mayor Anthony Housefather, our new Member of Parliament, I will be resigning as city councillor for District 7 effective at midnight on Monday, February 8 immediately following our February public Council meeting, ” said Councillor Brownstein. “ I am doing so despite not being required to resign until I file my nomination papers for mayor, which can only be done during the nomination period which will take place between February 26 to March 11. Although I would prefer to continue to serve and provide value to my fellow councillors for as long as possible, my early resignation will allow the city to have a concurrent by-election for District 7. By holding the by-election for the new District 7 councillor at the same time as the by-election for mayor, the city will be spared the expense of holding two by-elections. It will also allow our council to move forward as soon as possible with a new member of the team serving District 7. This is the right thing to do,” Brownstein announced to a standing ovation.
A rare, full audience filled the council chamber. Many Brownstein campaign supporters, fellow actors from the CSL Dramatic Society and extended members of the Brownstein family were in attendance. So too was Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather.
Councillor Brownstein was first elected in 1990. He has been an activist promoting issues of Canadian Unity, co-chairing the Côte Saint-Luc Demerger Committee, advocating for Holocaust Remembrance, and opposing Bill 60, the PQ-proposed legislation on the charter of values. He has held the portfolios of Public Works and Parks and Recreation, introduced the Fun Card providing access to CSL recreational facilities at an annual nominal fee, and established the Cote Saint-Luc Dramatic Society. He actively participates in the programs and facilities the city has to offer regularly swimming in our pools and acting in the Dramatic Society productions.
I wholeheartedly endorse Mitchell Brownstein in his bid to become mayor. We have worked side by side our entire political careers and we share many of the same values and visions and have supported each other in accomplishing these goals to benefit our community along the way. Mitchell is a man of integrity and purpose. His passion for Cote Saint-Luc runs deep and is shared by his entire family. He cares deeply about his constituents and all Cote Saint-Lucers and always asks what is best for Cote Saint-Luc when deciding upon issues large and small.
I know that Mitchell will put enormous effort into his responsibilities as mayor and will spend time at City Hall on a daily basis in order to fully engage with residents, consult with staff and liaise with other mayors and with our MNA David Birnbaum and MP Anthony Housefather. Mitchell has already developed excellent relationships with so many of these people. It is crucial to have the trust and respect of these partners in order to get the job done efficiently and I can think of no other candidate better prepared for this job at this time.
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