Jane Cowell-Poitras

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Jane Cowell-Poitras
Mayor of Montreal
In office
November 5, 2012 – November 16, 2012
Preceded by Gérald Tremblay
Succeeded by Michael Applebaum
In office
June 18, 2013 – June 25, 2013
Preceded by Michael Applebaum
Succeeded by Laurent Blanchard
Montreal City Councilor for Lachine
In office
Preceded by position created
Succeeded by Jean-François Cloutier
Lachine City Councilor
In office
Succeeded by position abolished
Personal details
Born 1953 (age 63–64)
London, England
Political party Independent
Other political
Union Montreal (2001-2013)
Residence Montreal, Quebec

Jane Cowell-Poitras (born 1953) is a Canadian politician. She was an elected member of Montreal City Council from 2001 until 2013 and had served as councillor of Lachine from 1988 until its amalgamation with Montreal in 2001.[1] Her portfolio included social development, family, and senior citizens.

As deputy mayor, she served as acting mayor of the city from November 5 to November 16, 2012 following the resignation of Gérald Tremblay, and again from June 18 to June 25, 2013 following the resignation of Michael Applebaum.


Born in London, England, and Montreal resident since the age of five, Cowell-Poitras has studied business at Concordia University. Prior to becoming a city councillor, Cowell-Poitras was president of NATA, a business that coordinated conferences and volunteering workshops in the community.

Acting mayor[edit]

Following the resignation of Gérald Tremblay on November 5, 2012, Cowell-Poitras assumed the office of acting Mayor of Montreal,[2] by virtue of holding the office of deputy mayor, a position which rotates among different councillors throughout a council term, at the time of Tremblay's resignation.[3] She was the first woman in the city's history to assume, even temporarily, the office of mayor.

She served until November 16, when council selected Michael Applebaum as the city's new interim mayor.[4] She again became acting mayor on June 18, 2013, when Applebaum resigned,[5] serving until the selection of Laurent Blanchard on June 25. She was a candidate for interim mayor in the council vote, but garnered just three votes to 30 for Blanchard and 28 for councillor Harout Chitilian.[6]


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