Josée Duplessis

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Josée Duplessis
Chair of the Montreal Executive Committee
In office
June 28, 2013 – November 18, 2013
Preceded by Laurent Blanchard
Succeeded by Pierre Desrochers
Member of the Montreal Executive Committee responsible for sustainable development, the environment, parks, and green spaces
In office
2012 – November 18, 2013
Preceded by Alan DeSousa
Succeeded by Réal Ménard
Montreal City Councillor for De Lorimier
Assumed office
Preceded by Richard Bergeron
Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough Councillor for De Lorimier
In office
Preceded by position created
Succeeded by Carl Boileau
Personal details
Political party Projet Montréal

Josée Duplessis is a politician in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She has served on the Montreal city council since 2009, representing De Lorimier as a member of Projet Montréal, and has been a member of the Montreal executive committee since November 2012. In June 2013, she was appointed as chair of the executive committee.

Borough councillor[edit]

Duplessis is a sociologist. Before entering political life, she ran a consulting firm that sought to improve the environmental practices of Quebec municipalities.[1]

She was elected to the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough council in the 2005 municipal election as a candidate of Gérald Tremblay's Montreal Island Citizens Union (MICU). Her election victory was extremely narrow; the returns office initially showed Projet Montréal candidate Émilie Thuillier elected by twelve votes, but the final scrutiny showed Duplessis elected by nine.[2] MICU won six of the borough council's seven seats, with the remaining seat going to Projet Montréal leader Richard Bergeron.

In 2006, Duplessis co-operated with Bergeron on a successful motion for the borough to complete the Rachel Street bicycle path.[3] She left Tremblay's party to join Projet Montréal in April 2009.[4]

City councillor[edit]

Duplessis was elected to city council for the De Lorimier ward in the 2009 municipal election. Tremblay's party, renamed as Union Montreal, won a majority on council, and Duplessis served as her party's transportation and environment critic.[5]

Gérald Tremblay resigned as mayor in November 2012 amid the backdrop of a corruption scandal and was replaced by Michael Applebaum, who formed a coalition government with representation from all parties on council and some independents. Applebaum announced his executive committee on November 12, 2012, appointing Duplessis as one of two representatives of Projet Montréal. She was given responsibility for sustainable development, the environment, parks, and green spaces.[6]

In February 2013, Duplessis announced an environmental rehabilitation project to turn the former Miron quarry in Saint-Michel into Montreal's second largest green space.[7] The following month, she launched a new working committee on urban agriculture.[8] In late April, she had the city's comptroller general investigate the activities of Groupe Pacific Inc., a firm that had lobbied municipal officials for two years about a proposed housing project at Meadowbrook Golf Course without being properly registered by the province.[9] In the same period, she praised two local environmental groups for drafting a detailed proposal for a public park on the same site.[10]

Michael Applebaum resigned as mayor in June 2013 after being charged with several criminal offenses including fraud and corruption; he maintains that he is innocent. There was some discussion that Duplessis would seek to replace him as interim mayor until the 2013 municipal elections, though she ultimately chose not to do so.[11] City council instead chose Laurent Blanchard for the position; after being sworn in as mayor, Blanchard named Duplessis as chair of the executive committee, the second most powerful position in Montreal's city government.[12]

At a council meeting on July 4, 2013, Duplessis approved a request from some councillors that local restaurants and food establishments be required to post the results of health inspections. Ultimate responsibility for enforcing this measure rests with the provincial government.[13]

By virtue of holding her seat on city council, Duplessis continues to serve on the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough council.

Duplessis announced her retirement from municipal politics on 8 September 2013, declaring that as a single mother, the struggle of work-life balance was too difficult.[14]

Electoral record[edit]

2009 Montreal municipal election results: Councillor, De Lorimier
2005 Montreal municipal election results: Plateau-Mont-Royal borough Councillor, De Lorimier


  1. ^ Josée Duplessis: City Councillor, DeLorimier district - Plateau-Mont-Royal, Projet Montréal, accessed 3 April 2013.
  2. ^ Jeff Heinrich, "Fotopulos holds on in 3-way battle," Montreal Gazette, 7 November 2005, A7; Andy Riga, "Bourque seeks judicial recount," Montreal Gazette, 9 November 2005, A1.
  3. ^ Linda Gyulai, "Resisting the machine: Monsieur Bergeron goes to city hall Series: Monsieur Bergeron Goes to City Hall," Montreal Gazette, 5 June 2006, A1.
  4. ^ James Mennie, "Bergeron hopes defection is first of many; Boost for Projet Montral; Councillor leaves mayor's party," Montreal Gazette, 28 April 2009, A7.
  5. ^ Michelle Lalonde, "Montreal's air quality in decline; Bergeron blames increased traffic," Montreal Gazette, 8 July 2010, A7.
  6. ^ Ren Bruemmer, "Applebaum delivers promised mix; Executive committee introduced; Vision gets three seats, Union three, Projet two, plus three independents," Montreal Gazette, 23 November 2012, A4.
  7. ^ Ren Bruemmer, "Former quarry to become green space," Montreal Gazette, 22 February 2013, A4.
  8. ^ Michelle Lalonde, "Group to focus on urban agriculture; Committee comes from public hearings," Montreal Gazette, 22 March 2013, A4.
  9. ^ Monique Beaudin, "City's comptroller general investigating case of unregistered lobbying," Montreal Gazette, 24 April 2013, A7.
  10. ^ Monique Beaudin, "'Beautiful future' proposed for site of golf course," Montreal Gazette, 24 April 2013, A7.
  11. ^ Kevin Dougherty, "Quebec government floats idea of 'special adviser' for Montreal," Montreal Gazette, 19 June 2013, A2.
  12. ^ Christopher Curtis, "Blanchard shuffles city's executive committee, seeking consensus," Montreal Gazette, 29 June 2013, A4; Daphnée Tranchemontagne, "Josée Duplessis à la présidence du comité exécutif de Montréal", Le Plateau, 8 July 2013, accessed 17 July 2013.
  13. ^ Ron Bruemmer, "Council meets to clear decks before break," Montreal Gazette, 5 July 2013, A3.
  14. ^

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