Montreal City Council

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The Montreal City Council is the governing body of Montreal, Quebec. The head of the city government in Montreal is the mayor, who is first among equals in the City Council. The mayor is Gérald Tremblay, who is a member of the Union des citoyens et des citoyennes de l'Île de Montréal (English: Montreal Island Citizens Union). The city council is a democratically elected institution and is the final decision-making authority in the city, although much power is centralized in the executive committee. The Council consists of 65 members from all boroughs of the city.[1] The Council has jurisdiction over many matters, including public security, agreements with other governments, subsidy programs, the environment, urban planning, and a three-year capital expenditure program. The City Council is also required to supervise, standardize or approve certain decisions made by the borough councils.



Reporting directly to the City Council, the executive committee exercises decision-making powers similar to that of the cabinet in a parliamentary system and is responsible for preparing various documents including budgets and by-laws, submitted to the City Council for approval. The decision-making powers of the executive committee cover, in particular, the awarding of contracts or grants, the management of human and financial resources, supplies and buildings. It may also be assigned further powers by the City Council.

Standing committees are the council's prime instruments for public consultation. They are responsible for the public study of pending matters and for making the appropriate recommendations to the council. They also review the annual budget forecasts for departments under their jurisdiction. A public notice of meeting is published in both French and English daily newspapers at least seven days before each meeting. All meetings include a public question period. The standing committees, of which there are seven, have terms lasting two years. In addition, the City Council may decide to create special committees at any time. Each standing committee is made up of seven to nine members, including a chairman and a vice-chairman. The members are all elected municipal officers, with the exception of a representative of the government of Quebec on the public security committee.

The current City Council consists of the Mayor of Montreal and 64 elected city councillors, including borough mayors. Unlike most Canadian cities, the City of Montreal has political parties.

Each borough is divided into between two and five districts, and has a different system of representation depending on its population. Each borough has a borough mayor, who is also a city councillor, except for Ville-Marie, whose mayor is the mayor of Montreal.

For the borough's city councillors (besides the borough mayor), each district elects one city councillor, except for L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève and Outremont, which have no city councillors besides the borough mayor, and Anjou and Lachine, which have one city councillor for the entire borough.

The borough mayor and city councillors make up the borough council, along with no, one, or two additional borough councillors for each district.

Current composition

The most recent election was the Montreal municipal election, 2009.

Party standings
  Party Leader Seats
  Union Montréal Gérald Tremblay 38
  Vision Montréal Louise Harel 16
  Projet Montréal Richard Bergeron 10
  Independent 1
Borough Position Party Name
Ville-Marie Mayor of Montreal U  TremblayGérald Tremblay
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Borough mayor Ind  GagnierPierre Gagnier
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Ahuntsic PM  ThuillierÉmilie Thuillier
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Bordeaux-Cartierville UM  ChitilianHarout Chitilian
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Saint-Sulpice UM  CampbellJocelyn Ann Campbell
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Sault-au-Récollet VM  BrunetÉtienne Brunet
Anjou Borough mayor UM  MirandaLuis Miranda
Anjou Councillor UM  HenaultAndrée Hénault
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Borough mayor UM  ApplebaumMichael Applebaum
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Côte-des-Neiges UM  FotopulosHelen Fotopulos
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Darlington UM  PerezLionel Perez
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Loyola UM  ClarkeSusan Clarke
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce PM  McQueenPeter McQueen
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Snowdon UM  RotrandMarvin Rotrand
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Borough mayor UM  BelangerRichard Bélanger
Lachine Borough mayor UM  DauphinClaude Dauphin
Lachine Councillor UM  CowellJane Cowell-Poitras
LaSalle Borough mayor UM  BarbeManon Barbe
LaSalle Councillor, Cecil-P.-Newman UM  FarinacciAlvaro Farinacci
LaSalle Councillor, Sault-Saint-Louis UM  DeschampsRichard Deschamps
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Borough mayor VM  MenardRéal Ménard
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Hochelaga VM  BlanchardLaurent Blanchard
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Louis-Riel VM  TheriaultLyn Thériault
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Maisonneuve–Longue-Pointe V  HarelLouise Harel
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Tétreaultville VM  PrimeauGaëtan Primeau
Montréal-Nord Borough mayor UM  DeguireGilles Deguire
Montréal-Nord Councillor, Marie-Clarac UM  Teti-TomassiClementina Teti-Tomassi
Montréal-Nord Councillor, Ovide-Clermont UM  GibeauJean-Marc Gibeau
Outremont Borough mayor UM  Cinq-MarsMarie Cinq-Mars
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough mayor UM  WorthMonique Worth
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Councillor, Est UM  DuboisChristian G. Dubois
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Councillor, Ouest UM  WardBertrand A. Ward
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough mayor PM  FerrandezLuc Ferrandez
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, DeLorimier PM  DuplessisJosée Duplessis
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, Jeanne-Mance P  BergeronRichard Bergeron
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, Mile-End PM  NorrisAlex Norris
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Borough mayor VM  RouleauChantal Rouleau
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Councillor, La Pointe-aux-Prairies VM  BourgeoisCaroline Bourgeois
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Councillor, Pointe-aux-Trembles VM  DecarieSuzanne Décarie
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Councillor, Rivière-des-Prairies UM  CalderoneMaria Calderone
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Borough mayor PM  CroteauFrançois Croteau
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Etienne-DesmarteauCouncillor, Étienne-Desmarteau PM  GadouryMarc-André Gadoury
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Marie-Victorin VM  AyotteÉlaine Ayotte
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Saint-Édouard PM  LimogesFrançois Limoges
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Vieux-Rosemont VM  LampronPierre Lampron
Saint-Laurent Borough mayor UM  DeSousaAlan DeSousa
Saint-Laurent Councillor, Côte-de-Liesse UM  MieleFrancesco Miele
Saint-Laurent Councillor, Norman-McLaren UM  SalemAref Salem
Saint-Léonard Borough mayor UM  BissonnetMichel Bissonnet
Saint-Léonard Councillor, Saint-Léonard-Est UM  ZambitoRobert L. Zambito
Saint-Léonard Councillor, Saint-Léonard-Ouest UM  PerriDominic Perri
Le Sud-Ouest Borough mayor VM  DoraisBenoit Dorais
Le Sud-Ouest Councillor, Saint-Henri–
VM  FournierVéronique Fournier
Le Sud-Ouest Councillor, Saint-Paul–Émard UM  BélangerDaniel Bélanger
Verdun Borough mayor UM  TrudelClaude Trudel
Verdun Councillor, Champlain–L'Île-des-Sœurs UM  MarotteGinette Marotte
Verdun Councillor, Desmarchais-Crawford UM  TasséAlain Tassé
Ville-Marie Councillor, Peter-McGill UM  ForcilloSammy Forcillo
Ville-Marie Councillor, Saint-Jacques VM  RobillardFrançois Robillard
Ville-Marie Councillor, Sainte-Marie PM  MainvillePierre Mainville
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Borough mayor VM  SamsonAnie Samson
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, François-Perrault UM  VenneriFrank Venneri
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, Parc-Extension UM  DerosMary Deros
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, Saint-Michel UM  BenjaminFrantz Benjamin
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, Villeray VM  LefebvreElsie Lefebvre


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