Jocelyn Ann Campbell

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Jocelyn Ann Campbell
Montreal City Councillor for Saint-Sulpice
In office
2005 – Pierre Desrochers
Preceded by Maurice Beauchamp
Member of the Montreal Executive Committee responsible for social and community development, family, and seniors
In office
Preceded by Lyn Thériault
Succeeded by Émilie Thuillier[1]
Ville-Marie Borough Council member, appointed by the Mayor of Montreal (with Richard Deschamps)
In office
Preceded by position created
Succeeded by Richard Bergeron and Véronique Fournier
Personal details
Political party Montreal Island Citizens Union / Union Montreal (2005-2012)
Independent (2012-)

Jocelyn Ann Campbell is a politician in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She represented the north-end division of Saint-Sulpice on Montreal city council from 2005 to 2013 and was a member of the Montreal executive committee from 2011 to 2012. Formerly a member of Union Montreal, Campbell became an independent councillor in late 2012. She did not run for re-election in the 2013 municipal election, and was succeeded by Pierre Desrochers.

Early public career[edit]

Campbell was press secretary for the New Democratic Party of Quebec in the 1980s. Her innovative press release for the party's 1985 provincial election bus tour was noted in the media,[2] and, in the same campaign, she articulated her party's opposition to privatizing state enterprises.[3] She later worked as a press attaché at Montreal's city hall during Jean Doré's mayoral administration.[4] After briefly standing down to work on Doré's successful 1990 re-election bid, she returned to a media relations position with the Montreal executive committee in the early 1990s.[5]

After leaving city hall, Campbell was a spokesperson for the Alliance des professeures et professeurs de Montréal before becoming communications director for the Palais des congrès de Montréal from 1997 to 2005.[6]

In 1994, Campbell co-authored an article that indicated male students were falling behind in high school and university achievement. A 2007 review described the piece as "prescient."[7]

City councillor[edit]

Campbell was elected to the Montreal city council in the 2005 municipal election, winning a narrow victory in Saint-Sulpice as a member of mayor Gérald Tremblay's Montreal Island Citizens Union (later renamed as Union Montreal). She was re-elected in an extremely close contest in the 2009 election.

Campbell serves on the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough council by virtue of being a city councillor elected from the area. In 2009, she was also appointed by Mayor Tremblay to serve on the downtown Ville-Marie borough council.[8]

Executive committee member

Tremblay appointed Campbell to the Montreal executive committee on April 6, 2011, giving her responsibility for social and community development, families, and seniors.[9] Soon thereafter, she promised that the city would devise an action plan by the fall of 2012 to counter racial profiling.[10] She later spoke in favour of setting up supervised injection sites in Montreal, while also arguing that they should be located in existing medical facilities rather than in a single centralized location.[11] In the summer of 2012, she opposed councillor Réal Ménard's proposal to establish a zone where prostitution would be legally tolerated.[12]

Tremblay stood down as mayor of Montreal in November 2012 amid a serious corruption scandal and was replaced by Michael Applebaum. Campbell resigned from the executive committee immediately thereafter, saying that she could not accept Applebaum's approach to politics. She further indicated that she would serve out the remainder of her term and retire from public life at the next municipal election.[13] She resigned from Union Montreal a few days later to sit as an independent councillor.[14] In December 2012, Mayor Applebaum removed Campbell from her position on the Ville-Marie borough council.[15]

Applebaum, in turn, resigned as mayor in June 2013, after being charged with fourteen criminal offenses including fraud and corruption. Campbell backed Harout Chitilian's unsuccessful bid to be chosen by council as his successor.[16]

External links[edit]

Electoral record[edit]

2009 Montreal municipal election results: Councillor, Sainte-Sulpice division
2005 Montreal municipal election results: Councillor, Saint-Sulpice


  1. ^ Thuillier was given responsibility for social and community development, family, seniors, youth and the status of women.
  2. ^ After the party's initial bus tour was largely ignored by journalists, Campbell sent out a follow-up press release that read as follows: "Admit it. Ever since La Rose au vent campaign bus took off three weeks ago, you've kicked yourself for not getting on board. You've spent sleepless nights wondering if that single error in judgment might not ultimately turn out to be just as damaging as that made in 1963 by the White House reporter who decided he had better things to do than go to Dallas. Well, stop sweating. Whereas that White House reporter is now toiling on a weekly paper in Armpit, New Mexico, you get another chance: La Rose au vent hits the road again this Friday." See Benoît Aubin, "Lack of forms sinks fringe party's status," Montreal Gazette, 21 November 1985, A5. The article title does not refer to the Quebec NDP.
  3. ^ François Shalom, "Fight heats up for third place," Globe and Mail, 21 November 1985, A4.
  4. ^ Lewis Harris and Jeff Heinrich, "Flowers, roars greet Mandela," Montreal Gazette, 20 June 1990, A1.
  5. ^ Lewis Harris, "Ten city hall aides quit to join Doré campaign," Montreal Gazette, 23 October 1990, A3; Alan Hustak, "Chalet was considered a dud when it was new in early '30s; Refurbishment will be completed by spring," Montreal Gazette, 14 September 1991, K2.
  6. ^ "Quebec government allows exemptions for salary rollbacks," Canadian Press Newswire, 28 March 1997; Amanda Jelowicki, "Ante up for Palais, Ottawa urged," Montreal Gazette, 23 September 1997, A4; Arthur Kaptainis, "Culture city: With renowned annual fetes of comedy, film, music and theatre, all signs point to the increasing vitality of Montreal's arts scene," Montreal Gazette, 20 October 2001, D1.
  7. ^ Luc Allaire and Jocelyn Ann Campbell, "FLASH! The girls are way ahead of the boys in Quebec schools," Inroads 21 (Summer 2007), pp. 42-45.
  8. ^ Linda Gyulai, "Tough words in Ville Marie," Montreal Gazette, 25 November 2009, A4.
  9. ^ James Mennie, "Opposition out in city's cabinet shuffle; Tremblay appoints Applebaum to oversee finance," Montreal Gazette, 7 April 2011, A7.
  10. ^ Marian Scott, "From some, skeptical welcome; 'Just the start'," Montreal Gazette, 12 May 2011, A4.
  11. ^ James Mennie, "City wants injection sites near clinics, hospitals," Montreal Gazette, 20 October 2011, A6.
  12. ^ Giuseppe Valiente, "Police deny mayor's claim of legal prostitution zone," Montreal Gazette, 15 June 2012.
  13. ^ Gabrielle Brassard-Lecours, "PRIMEUR: Jocelyn Ann Campbell démissionne du comité exécutif", Courrier Ahuntsic/Bordeaux-Cartierville, 19 November 2012, accessed 15 January 2013.
  14. ^ Karim Benessaieh, "Nouvelle démission à Union Montréal", La Presse, 22 November 2012, accessed 15 January 2013; "Co-operation at city hall is difficult but necessary" [editorial], Montreal Gazette, 24 November 2012, B6.
  15. ^ "Les conseillers Jocelyn Ann Campbell et Richard Deschamps éjectés du conseil de Ville-Marie", Montreal Express, 5 December 2012, accessed 15 January 2013.
  16. ^ Karim Benessaieh "Harout Chitilian veut devenir maire", La Presse, 20 June 2013, accessed 11 July 2013. Chitilian was narrowly defeated by Laurent Blanchard.