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Municipal Election Special - October 2009
 
IN THIS EDITION
The Greenness of the Candidates
From Green to White
Chateauguay:
Four Groups
Lery:
Three groups
Chateauguay
Questionnaire
Lery
Questionnaire
 
 
* SPECIAL EDITION *
ELECTIONS
All the informations given by the candidates
• Chateauguay •
• Lery •
 
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The Chateauguay-Léry Forest in the Municipal Election Race
The Greenness of the Candidates:  Commitment Summary
 
The management of a municipality begins with managing the development of its territory: where the citizens’ daily lives take place. For the benefit of the voters concerned with the total conservation of their forest, SOS Forêt-Fernand-Seguin verified the level of commitment of the 44 Léry and Chateauguay candidates.

All received a questionnaire containing the necessary steps to achieve this. Click here to read its commitments,
for Châteauguay
for Léry.

To verify the consistency of the candidates’ commitments, public statements and electoral programs were examined, as well as writing an opinion (Chateauguay only) regarding the summer public consultation.

Results of this exercise clearly denote the greenness of the candidates for the positions of mayor and councillor. For Chateauguay, 23/27 candidates returned the questionnaire, 6/17 did so for Léry.

 
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From Green to White

The citizens have already clearly expressed their willingness to fully protect the Chateauguay-Léry Forest as reflected by the 10,000 signatories of the petition and by 92% of the written opinions during the summer public consultation.

These clear words struck a chord with just over one third of committed candidates who, in addition, were able to keep their statements coherent since the beginning of the campaign.
As for the others, by checking their election platforms and their public statements since their entry into the municipal election race, we can only stress the weakness and even lack of coherence in regard to the protection of the Chateauguay-Léry Forest.

SOS Forêt Fernand-Seguin hopes that this candidate greenness commitment analysis will enable Léry and Chateauguay voters to make an informed choice this November 1st.
   
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Chateauguay: 4 groups
1. Thus, in this first group, among the nine following candidates, the great majority filed a written opinion favouring the total conservation of the forest and have also accepted the seven commitments proposed by the questionnaire. In addition, their statements in the written press, as well as their election program, have included:
  • full preservation of the forest,
  • recognition of the value of the summer public consultation,
  • support for the Héritage Saint-Bernard report,
  • endorsement for the creation of a municipal tourism and recreational area.
 
Last Name
First Name
Banner
Ward
Simon Nathalie Chateauguay Citizens’ Action - mayor  
Young-Rombaut Laflorya Chateauguay Citizens’ Action - councillor 1 La Noue
Gloutnay Pierre Chateauguay Citizens’ Action - councillor 2 Filgate
Salomon Esther Chateauguay Citizens’ Action - councillor 3 Robutel
Dumas Guillaume Chateauguay Citizens’ Action - councillor 4 Bumbray
Deschamps Marcel Chateauguay Citizens’ Action - councillor (incumbent) 5 Salaberry
Donohue Karen Chateauguay Citizens’ Action - councillor 6 Lang
Gendron Ginette Chateauguay Citizens’ Action - councillor 7 Le Moyne
Côté Alain Chateauguay Citizens’ Action - councillor 8 Youville
 
www.actioncitoyennechateauguay.org  
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2. Among the four candidates in the second group, none presented a written opinion during the summer public consultation; all accepted the proposed commitments without any additional public statements.
 
Last Name
First Name
Banner
Ward
Lalonde Pierre Independent – Councillor 3 Robutel
Larocque Chantal Independent – Councillor 7 Le Moyne
Martin Paul Independent – Councillor 1 La Noue
Motard Richard Independent – Councillor (incumbent) 8 Youville
 
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3. In this third group, no written opinion was presented during the public consultation. The ten candidates checked 'yes' (unless indicated by an asterisk (*): no response provided for certain commitments or no statements given). Some public statements repeatedly weakened the strength of their commitments by invoking instead:
  • the revitalization as a substitute for the full protection of the natural area,
  • doubt concerning the value of the public consultation and proposing another,
  • non-recognition of the competence of the parties already involved in the protection dossier (SOS Forêt Fernand-Seguin and Héritage Saint-Bernard, among others) preferring a citizens’ committee with unclear objectives.
 
Last Name
First Name
Banner
Ward
Énault Michel Michel Énault Team - Mayor Maire
Doyle Barry Michel Énault Team - Councillor 1 La Noue
Major Hélène Michel Énault Team - Councillor 2 Filgate
Jones Andrew Michel Énault Team - Councillor 3 Robutel
Barbeau Denis Michel Énault Team - Councillor 4 Bumbray
Côté Jacques Michel Énault Team - Councillor 5 Salaberry
Quesnel Michel Michel Énault Team - Councillor 6 Lang
Auclair Christine Michel Énault Team - Councillor 7 Le Moyne
Forget Johanne Michel Énault Team - Councillor 8 Youville
Hackett* Nancy Independent – Councillor 1 La Noue
 
Notes:
A single questionnaire was returned by the Michel Énault Team with this general comment:
Ce questionnaire a été rempli avec la collaboration de tous les candidats conseillers et Michel Énault.

Furthermore, the following comment was added to the Commitment 1, and it seems that private lands will not be included under the moratorium:
Oui pour tout terrain appartenant à la ville et nous nous engageons à faire tout ce qui est en notre pouvoir pour protéger et empêcher tout développement immobilier.

 
www.partichateauguay.com  
For more information, click here. Top of page
 
4. The last group consists of four candidates that did not return their questionnaire. We deem they are not committed to the full preservation of the Chateauguay-Léry Forest. We stress here the contents of public statements made by Mr. Boffice, reflecting the following concerns:
  • equation "real estate development • taxes • profitability,"
  • referendum proposed with no regard to the value of the latest public consultation.
 
Last Name
First Name
Banner
Ward
Boffice Anthony Mayor  
Brisebois Steve Independent – Councillor (incumbent) 2 Filgate
Lafrance René Independent – Councillor 2 Filgate
Gendron Mike Independent – Councillor (incumbent) 6 Lang
 
www.anthonyboffice2009.com  
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Lery: 3 groups
1. This first group of five candidates chose to accept the commitments proposed in the questionnaire favouring the total conservation of the Chateauguay-Léry Forest.
 
Last Name
First Name
Bannier
Ward
Royko Lee Independent - Councillor 1 De la Gare
Leclerc Léon Independent - Councillor 2 Les Boisés
Pinard Éric Independent - Councillor 4 Les Riverains
Parent Éric Independent - Councillor 5 Du Manoir
Guérin Sylvie Independent - Councillor 6 Woodland
 
www.electionlery.com  
For more information, click here. Top of page
 
2. In this particular case, the candidate for Mayor returned an incomplete questionnaire and, in addition, softened certain answers to requested commitments
 
Last Name
First Name
Bannier
Ward
Mailhot Yvon Mayor (incumbent)  
 
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3. The last group consists of the 11 candidates that did not return the questionnaire. We deem they have chosen to not commit to the full preservation of the Chateauguay-Léry Forest. More specifically, in the case of the seven candidates associated with Walter Letham’s team, they are concentrating their intentions on private properties disregarding any other available possibilities of conservation or of any land belonging to Transport Quebec and already public domain.
 
Last Name
First Name
Bannier
Ward
Letham Walter Mayor  
Ranger Gérard Letham Team - Councillor 1 De la Gare
Dufresne Daniel Letham Team - Councillor 2 Les Boisés
Faubert Marie-Rose Letham Team - Councillor 3 Bellevue
Oliver Tom Letham Team - Councillor 4 Les Riverains
Langelier-Savard Karine Letham Team - Councillor 5 Du Manoir
Goodfellow Olivia Letham Team - Councillor 6 Woodland
Desrochers Adrien Independent - Councillor 2 Les Boisés
Brault Albert Independent - Councillor 3 Bellevue
Montpetit Louis-Marie Independent - Councillor 4 Les Riverains
Sauvé Claude Independent - Councillor 6 Woodland
 
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The Chateauguay Questionnaire:
Seven Commitments
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  1. If elected on November 1st, will you declare a moratorium preventing any real estate development on the entire Chateauguay-Léry green belt, and for the duration of your mandate, in order to protect this territory against any threats of destruction?

  2. Will you commit to immediately giving the Centre écologique Fernand-Seguin a protection status? (Chateauguay only)

  3. Will you engage in the protection of the entire Chateauguay-Léry green belt on the Chateauguay territory?

  4. Will you commit to starting procedures with:

    • the Québec and Canadian governments,
    • the Montreal metropolitan community,
    • the MRC de Roussillon, the CRÉ Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent,
    • the organizations dedicated to the protection of national habitats (public and private),
    • the owners of the lands that are within the Chateauguay-Léry green belt,

    in order to take all measures to acquire, protect and promote these exceptional natural surroundings (grants, donations, land trusts, etc.)?

  5. Will you instruct the Quebec Minister of Transport to give all the lands that were originally expropriated for the development of a ramp for Autoroute 30 that are no longer required, to the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks?

  6. Will you start drafting a conservation and promotion plan for the green belt of Chateauguay-Léry, and unite with the City of Léry to create an inter-municipal park for tourism and recreational purposes?

  7. Will you agree to endorse all of the recommendations and conclusions of the study tabled by Héritage Saint-Bernard on the conservation and promotion of the territory (available on www.heritagestbernard.qc.ca)?
 
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The Lery Questionnaire:
Six Commitments
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  1. If elected on November 1st, will you declare a moratorium preventing any real estate development on the entire Chateauguay-Léry green belt, and for the duration of your mandate, in order to protect this territory against any threats of destruction?

  2. Will you engage in the protection of the entire Chateauguay-Léry green belt on the Chateauguay territory?

  3. Will you commit to starting procedures with:

    • the Québec and Canadian governments,
    • the Montreal metropolitan community,
    • the MRC de Roussillon, the CRÉ Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent,
    • the organizations dedicated to the protection of national habitats (public and private),
    • the owners of the lands that are within the Chateauguay-Léry green belt,

    in order to take all measures to acquire, protect and promote these exceptional natural surroundings (grants, donations, land trusts, etc.)?

  4. Will you instruct the Quebec Minister of Transport to give all the lands that were originally expropriated for the development of a ramp for Autoroute 30 that are no longer required, to the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks?

  5. Will you start drafting a conservation and promotion plan for the green belt of Chateauguay-Léry, and unite with the City of Léry to create an inter-municipal park for tourism and recreational purposes?

  6. Will you agree to endorse all of the recommendations and conclusions of the study tabled by Héritage Saint-Bernard on the conservation and promotion of the territory (available on www.heritagestbernard.qc.ca)?
 
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