|— City —|
|Town of Kirkland - Ville de Kirkland|
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Constituted||January 1, 2006|
|• Mayor||John W Meaney|
|• Federal riding||Lac-Saint-Louis|
|• Prov. riding||Nelligan|
|• Total||9.60 km2 (3.71 sq mi)|
|• Land||9.64 km2 (3.72 sq mi)|
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|• Density||2,204.4/km2 (5,709/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||3.7%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Area code(s)||514 and 438|
Kirkland is a town on the Island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. As of 2006, the population was 20,491. The average age in Kirkland, Quebec, is 40.2 years old. 79.8% of the population is aged 15 or older. It is named after Charles-Aimé Kirkland, a Quebec provincial politician.
It was originally incorporated as a municipality in 1961. On January 1, 2002, as part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal, it was merged into the city of Montreal and became a borough. However, after a change of government and a 2004 referendum, it was re-constituted as an independent city on January 1, 2006.
Kirkland is primarily a residential community, with a commercial core, and an industrial park straddling the Trans-Canada Highway (Autoroute 40). In 1997, that portion of the Autoroute 40 was renamed to Félix-Leclerc Highway. The city is composed of mainly single-family residences, with some multi-unit facilities (apartments, town houses, and condos) available.
It is a full-service community, with a public works department, recreation department, engineering department, accounting, communications, human resources and administrative services operating for the welfare of its citizens.
The present mayor is John W. Meaney, who has been a member of the Kirkland City Council since the mid-1970s. In addition to the mayor there are eight city councilors:
- Michel Gibson (District 1 - Timberlea)
- Luciano Piciacchia (District 2 - Holleuffer)
- Tony Di Gennaro (District 3 - Brunswick)
- Domenico Zito (District 4 - Lacey Green West)
- Brian Swinburne (District 5 - Lacey Green East)
- John Morson (District 6 - Canvin)
- Paul Dufort (District 7 - St. Charles)
- André Allard (District 8 - Summerhill)
In 2012 the city found itself in hot water after using public tax funds to sue many of its residents. The city council sued residents to force them to fix infrastructure problems within the city, and they sued a blogger for defamation against them. In a 2012 ruling, the Quebec court ruled that the city had no case against the blogger and dismissed the city's lawsuit.
The lawyer defending the blogger, Julius Grey, upon the victory claimed, "The city was told it can't stop citizens from protesting its activities, we think of this as a good precedent for all of Quebec and Canada."
The reason the city's lawsuit against the blogger failed was largely attributed to a 2009 act passed in Quebec which aimed to curb the problem of officials abusing the province's legal system. The act entitled, "An Act to amend the Code of Civil Procedure to prevent improper use of the courts and promote freedom of expression and citizen participation in public debate" was passed to help citizens take part in civics and not fear lawsuits against them from officials.
Kirkland Councillors Michel Gibson, Luciano Piciacchia, Tony Di Gennaro, Domenico Zito, Brian Swinburne, John Morson, Paul Dufort, Joe Sanalitario, André Allard, and John Meaney refused to comment following their defeat. They are however, as of April 2012, vowing to use more tax payer money to continue litigation against its citizens.
Notable residents 
- Nick Discepola, former mayor, former Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges
- Tanith Belbin, Canadian-American ice dancer
- Louis Leblanc, hockey player
- Randy McKay, hockey player
- Brandon Reid, hockey player
See also 
- List of former boroughs
- 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal
- 2000–2006 municipal reorganization in Quebec
- Reference number 388466 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Kirkland
- Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: Lac-Saint-Louis (Quebec)
- 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Kirkland, Quebec
- "Community Profiles - Kirland, Quebec". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2008-05-23.
- "Kirkland Sewer Wars". CTV.
- Fabio, C.M. "Kirkland loses lawsuit against blogger".
- "An act to amend...". An Act to amend the Code of Civil Procedure to prevent improper use of the courts and promote freedom of expression and citizen participation in public debate.
- Kramberger, Albert. "Kirkland appeals...".