Published on October 30, 2013
Residents will vote for either the status quo or a fresh political voice Nov. 3 in Dorval.
City of Dorval
Published on January 04, 2013
Published on October 30, 2013
If elected mayor, Barrette said he’d reduce residential taxes among other initiatives.
Chronicle photo courtesy Marc Barrette
Marc Barrette challenges incumbent Edgar Rouleau for mayor
With less than a week until the Nov. 3 municipal election, Dorval’s mayoralty candidates are making their last minute pitches to residents of the West Island’s oldest city. Running as an independent, Marc Barrette is hoping to unseat Mayor Rouleau after eight years in office.
Following two terms in office, the soon-to-be 67-year-old mayor is seeking re-election because “people are happy, happy how the city looks, and their happy we’re continuing what we’ve been doing all along.”
So what’s next for the incumbent?
Rouleau’s Dorval Action team has a long list of priorities which it hopes to carry out if elected to council: the realization of the on-going construction of the $20 million multi-functional sports complex; the installation of a water park at Walters Park and Surrey Aquatic Centre; the improvement of the Navette d’Or public transportation program for seniors; and the addition of 500 new housing units in the city to name a few.
“We do everything step by step so as to split the costs over the years, over a five-year plan,” said the mayor, who did note the urgent need to refurbish the century-old city hall.
“What we’ve been trying to do with the administration is to always keep city up to date…we’re keeping up with technology and pushing into that direction.”
In Rouleau, residents have a known commodity; a commodity which has enhanced Dorval’s appeal to out-of-towners and the like.
Why should residents post their ballot in his favour?
“People know me and they know that I have Dorval in my heart. I want to see the best of Dorval coming out. They know my integrity. They know I’m available. They’ve trusted me all these years,” he said.
It’s time for the changing of the old guard –at least for 49-year-old Marc Barrette.
The mayoral candidate is a political newcomer, hoping to bring “fresh, new ideas” to the city of Dorval.
“It is easy for me to make promises and to say “I’m going to do this, I’m going to do that and change a lot of things, but in reality that’s not me. I do promise, if elected mayor, I will work very hard on certain issues,” he said.
Offering tax breaks and benefits for new businesses, reducing residential taxes, provide better care for seniors, and the creation of a trade school to help Dorval’s youth go back to school are just some of the initiatives he proposed, if elected mayor.
Barrette added he’ll have an open-door policy for the administration of the city, noting the importance of public opinion.
The mayoral candidate has 30 years of experience in the automobile industry as a service advisor, but none within the community.
“I’m at the point in my life that I think I can be very good for the residents of Dorval...my experience in the business field will make up for my lack of community involvement,” said Barrette.