The leader of Projet Montréal, Valérie Plante, unveiled today a roster of experienced and engaging candidates reflective of Montréal and its future. These eight new faces with varied backgrounds share in their ability to bring people together and to bring about positive change based on listening and mobilizing their community. By choosing to join the Projet Montréal team, this new generation of candidates will transform the way decisions are made at City Hall and in the boroughs, while marking a turning point in the composition of the party.
The candidates :
- Gracia Kasoki Katahwa, candidate for mayor of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
- Vicki Grondin, candidate for city councillor in the borough of Lachine
- Martine Musau Muele, candidate for city councillor in the district of Villeray, borough of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension
- Tan Shan Li, candidate for borough councillor in the district of Saint-Henri-Est-Petite-Bourgogne-Pointe-Saint-Charles-Griffintown, Sud-Ouest borough
- Alia Hassan-Cournol, candidate for city councillor in the district of Maisonneuve-Longue-Pointe, borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
- Ericka Alneus, candidate for city councillor in the district of Étienne-Desmarteau, borough of Rosemont-la-Petite-Patrie
- Virginie Journeau, candidate for city councillor in the district of Pointe-aux-Trembles, borough of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles
- Geneviève Delisle, candidate for borough councillor in the Jacques-Bizard district, Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève borough
"I am very proud to present to you today seven exceptional candidates who are rooted in their community and who reflect both the future of the metropolis and that of Projet Montréal. As these candidates stand out for their ability to listen to their community, to mobilize it, and to make positive changes, their expertise will allow us to adapt our ways and build the future of Montreal with all Montrealers," said Valérie Plante.
"I have built bridges throughout my career, whether it be caring for patients, my nursing colleagues, or chairing boards of directors in a variety of settings, and that is exactly what I intend to do to get Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce back on track. The people of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce need to regain confidence in their local government. In order for our borough to regain its composure and its ability to serve its citizens, I intend to re-establish a dialogue with the community, the economy and the public service. - Gracia Kasoki Katahwa, candidate for mayor of the Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough
"With the Reclaim Your Shore collective, I have been more involved than ever in citizen mobilization and the defence of the public interest. Having been born and raised in Lachine, I am particularly committed to preserving the fragile and enchanting environment of this borough, which has never been so dynamic and accessible thanks to Mayor Vodanovic's leadership." - Vicki Grondin, candidate for city councillor in the borough of Lachine
"Citizen participation is at the heart of my professional and personal commitment. The senior positions I have held in two municipalities and my role as an OCPM commissioner have given me the opportunity to highlight the importance of the will of citizens and its capacity to transform our living environments for the better. This is a mission that I wish to pursue as an elected official and I have naturally chosen to do so with Projet Montréal, a party that puts the needs of citizens at the heart of their actions." -Martine Musau Muele, candidate for city councilor in the district of Villeray.
"I have been involved in my community for almost 10 years as a citizen and it is with Projet Montréal that I want to pursue the concrete improvement of the neighbourhood, its infrastructure and its services. The coming years will be crucial for urban development in the Sud-Ouest, and I want to put my professional expertise in planning at the service of this vision for the future." - Tan Shan Li, candidate for borough councillor in the St. Henri East-Little Burgundy-Pointe St. Charles-Griffintown district
"In the 10 years since I immigrated to Montreal, I have been involved in many issues of inclusion and social justice. Whether it be women's rights, marginalized populations or immigrants, these causes have led me to act for my community as a political advisor, as executive director of a non-profit organization and as a member of boards of directors. My expertise will allow me to make concerted decisions in the best interest of citizens. In the East End of Montreal, we must listen more and recognize the needs of the population in the planning of upcoming projects. I hope to have the confidence of the citizens of Maisonneuve-Longue-Pointe and to improve their living environment. " Alia Hassan-Cournol, candidate for city councilor in the district of Maisonneuve-Longue-Pointe" - Alia Hassan-Cournol, candidate for city councilor in the district of Maisonneuve-Longue-Pointe
"Community involvement is a long-standing vocation, especially with young people to promote their civic participation and ensure equal opportunities. I am a woman of consensus who has acquired, on a professional level, an expertise in governance and partnership development that I wish to pursue as an elected official. I share Mayor Valérie Plante's desire to get closer to the community and to build a city that reflects the people who live there, and I hope to have the confidence of the citizens to achieve this." - Ericka Alneus, candidate for City Councillor in the Étienne-Desmarteau district
"I believe deeply in the impact that people who mobilize and work together can have on the transformation of a community. As director of the Maison des jeunes de Pointe-aux-Trembles and as a director of various boards of directors, I closely follow the needs of my community and it is today as a candidate for Projet Montréal alongside Mayor Caroline Bourgeois that I want to continue my citizen involvement. " Virginie Journeau, candidate for city councillor in the district of Pointe-aux-Trembles
"My political involvement in the Projet Montréal team is the natural continuation of my citizen involvement in the search for solutions to counter the impacts of the floods we are experiencing. Following the elaboration of the citizen's guide intended to prepare them to face possible disasters of this kind, I wanted to pursue my commitment to improving the quality of life of the people who live in our borough. " - Geneviève Delisle, candidate for borough councillor in the Jacques-Bizard district
With this team, Projet Montréal is integrating some powerful Montrealers' voices into the team of experienced elected officials within the party. These engaging and committed women will help us achieve some ambitious goals, in partnership with the citizens of Montreal.