Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) professor and researcher Victor Armony is joining Mayor Valérie Plante and Projet Montréal's team and will be a candidate for City Councillor in the Snowdon district in the November 7th municipal election. Mayor Valérie Plante also announced that Mr. Armony will play a leading role in the public safety file in the second mandate of a Projet Montréal administration.
For over 20 years, Victor Armony has taught and conducted studies on migration issues, inter-ethnic relations and socio-economic inequalities. Mr. Armony's experience in public security will also be an important asset for Mayor Valérie Plante's administration. Recently, Victor Armony has been involved in several mandates in the cities of Montreal, Repentigny and Laval regarding racial profiling and violence committed and experienced by youth.
"Montreal is a safe city, but violent events have shaken the confidence of Montrealers in recent months. This is a serious issue and we are responding diligently with the help of recognized experts, such as Victor Armony, who will help us implement thoughtful and effective solutions that will ensure safety and restore the public's sense of security. Victor chose Montreal more than 30 years ago and has never ceased to be involved in making it an increasingly open, inclusive and safe city for all. His values are directly aligned with those of our team and his experience will be an undeniable asset in the area of public safety, which remains a priority of our administration," said Valérie Plante.
"My recent experiences have allowed me to appreciate the municipal sphere as a privileged space to develop concrete actions that have a direct impact on the well-being of all. Over the past three years, I have seen that Projet Montréal is a vector of significant and lasting change, driven by an inclusive and progressive vision. I am among those who believe that another mandate for Projet Montréal is necessary in order to pursue and consolidate its major initiatives. I wish to participate in this process by contributing my expertise on public safety and anti-discrimination issues at a time when we face so many challenges, but also so many opportunities. It is important to not give in to magical thinking, to develop a serious plan of action so as to make a real difference," said Victor Armony.
"As the person responsible for public safety on the executive committee, but also as borough mayor, it is with great joy that I welcome Victor Armony to the Projet Montréal team. Our administration is determined to fight against gun crime, but also against feminicide, domestic violence and cyber-aggressions. Victor Armony is the right person to help us lead this important issue," concluded Caroline Bourgeois, Mayor of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles and responsible for public safety on the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal.