Montreal’s new mayor has named the members of the city’s new executive committee, the city’s main decision-making body, this morning at 11.
The committee is historically composed of the members of the political party in power in city hall. Michael Applebaum made history, and was elected mayor last week by a narrow majority of the city’s 64 councillors, by promising to include members of all three political parties on the committee.
The new members on the committee are:
Laurent Blanchard, formerly of Vision Montréal, will sit as an independent and chair the executive committee;
Benoit Doré, Vision Montréal, will be vice-chair, and also oversee major projects and social housing;
Émilie Thuillier, of Project Montréal; will be second-vice-chair and be responsible for social and community development, family, seniors, youth and the status of women;
Richard Deschamps, of Union Montreal, has the sports and recreation portfoilo;
Mary Deros, of Union Montreal, keeps the ethnic communities portfolio;
Michel Bissonet, of Union Montreal, retains intergovernmental relations and 375th birthday festivities;
Réal Ménard, of Vision Montréal, assumes transport;
Éliane Ayotte, of Vision Montréal, takes on culture, heritage and design;
Josée Duplessis, of Projet Montréal, sustainable, development, environment, parks and green space;
Alain Tassé, an independent, is responsible for economic development and urban planning;
Christian Dubois, a Pierrefonds borough councillor and an independent, takes on public security and citizen services.
In addition, six councillors will have supporting roles to pitch in on certain portfolios:
Étienne Brunet, of Vision Montréal, will assist on major projects and social housing;
Caroline Bourgeois, of Vision Montréal, will help with social and community development, family, seniors, youth and the status of women;
Richard Bélanger, borough mayor of Ile-Bizard-Ste-Genevieve and a member of Union Montreal, will lend a hand on sustainable, development, environment, parks and green space;
Aref Salem, of Union Montreal, will assist on culture, heritage and design;
Érika Duchesne, of Projet Montréal, will help with sports and recreation;
Ginette Marotte, an independent, will pitch in with ethnic communities.
Applebaum was elected interim mayor last Friday after the resignation of former mayor Gérald Tremblay, who was forced to leave after widespread allegations of corruption within his party and among civil servants arising from Charbonneau Commission testimony.
The previous members of the executive committee, all Union Montreal members at the time, were:
— Michael Applebaum, chairman, formerly borough mayor of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
— Alan DeSousa, vice-chairman, borough mayor of Saint-Laurent
— Richard Deschamps, vice-chairman, councillor for LaSalle
— Manon Barbe, borough mayor of LaSalle
— Michel Bissonnet, borough mayor of Saint-Leonard
— Jocelyn Ann Campbell, councillor in Saint-Laurent
— Gilles Deguire, borough mayor for Montreal North
— Mary Deros, councillor for Parc-Extension
— Helen Fotopulos, councillor for Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
— Claude Trudel, borough mayor for Verdun