Lyn Thériault

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Lyn Thériault
Montreal City Councillor for Louis-Riel
In office
Preceded by Richer Dompierre
Succeeded by Karine Boivin Roy
In office
Preceded by Jacques Charbonneau
Succeeded by Richer Dompierre
Chair of the Vision Montreal caucus
Assumed office
Preceded by Benoit Dorais
Member of the Montreal Executive Committee responsible for social and community development, family, and seniors
In office
Preceded by Mary Deros[1]
Succeeded by Jocelyn Ann Campbell
Borough mayor of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
In office
Preceded by Ivon Le Duc
Succeeded by Réal Ménard
Member of the Commission scolaire de Montréal, Ward Ten
In office
Preceded by position created
Succeeded by Jean-Denis Dufort
Personal details
Political party Vision Montreal

Lyn Thériault, formerly known as Lyn Faust, is a politician in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She has served on the Montreal city council since 2001 as a member of the Vision Montreal party. She was also an elected member of the Commission scolaire de Montréal from 1998 to 2007.

Thériault was the borough mayor of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve from 2005 to 2009 and was a member of the Montreal executive committee (i.e., the municipal cabinet) from 2009 to 2011.

Private career[edit]

Thériault has held administrative positions with the Fédération des comités de parents de la province de Québec, the Fédération des comités de parents de l'Île de Montréal, and the Association canadienne d'éducation de la langue français. She served as a parent school commissioner on the Montreal Catholic School Commission in 1993–94. She has also been a member of Montreal's Board of Trade and Chamber of Commerce and has coordinated events such as the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.[2]

School commissioner[edit]

Thériault was elected to the Commission scolaire de Montréal in the 1998 elections as a candidate of the conservative Regroupement scolaire confessionnel (RSC).[3] The RSC was defeated in this election but later formed a de facto majority on council in alliance with five defectors from the governing Mouvement pour une école moderne et ouverte (MÉMO).[4]

Thériault later became a founding member of the Collectif pour la réussite et l'épanouissement de l'enfant (CRÉE), a successor party to the RSC. In March 2003, she was appointed to the commission's executive.[5] She was re-elected as a CRÉE candidate in the 2003 elections, in which MÉMO won a landslide majority. After serving in opposition for the next four years, she did not seek re-election in 2007.

City councillor[edit]

Thériault was first elected to the Montreal city council in the 2001 municipal election for the east-end division of Louis-Riel. Gérald Tremblay's Montreal Island Citizens Union (MICU) won a majority in this election, and Thériault served as a member of the opposition. By virtue of her position on city council, she also served on the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough council.

Borough mayor[edit]

Thériault was elected as borough mayor of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in the 2005 municipal election, defeating Pierre Bélanger, a former Parti Québécois (PQ) cabinet minister who ran for MICU.[6] As a borough mayor, she also continued to serve on city council. Gérald Tremblay was re-elected as mayor of Montreal in this election, and MICU won another majority on the Montreal city council. In November 2005, Tremblay appointed Thériault as one of two opposition members on a fifteen-member island council responsible for services such as public transit and the police.[7]

In 2006, Thériault argued that Montreal's formula for determining borough budgets discriminated against her area of the city.[8] She later opposed a plan to rename Montreal's Park Avenue and Bleury Street after former Quebec premier Robert Bourassa,[9] and in early 2007 she criticized a municipal plan to grant a ten-year untendered contract for a non-profit organization to oversee Montreal's recyclable waste.[10]

In the buildup to the 2009 municipal election, Thériault lost her bid for renomination as Vision Montreal's borough mayor candidate to Réal Ménard, a Bloc Québécois (BQ) member of the Canadian House of Commons.[11] She instead ran for and was re-elected to city council for the Louis-Riel division, defeating Union Montreal incumbent Richer Dompierre.[12] She continues to serve on the borough council.

Municipal executive[edit]

Gérald Tremblay was re-elected to a third term as mayor of Montreal in the 2009 election, and his Union Montreal party again won a majority of seats on council. After the election, Tremblay broke with tradition by appointing members of opposition parties to the Montreal executive committee. Thériault was chosen as Vision Montreal's representative, with responsibility for social and community development, family, and seniors.[13]

Reports from the Montreal Gazette indicate that the presence of opposition members in Tremblay's cabinet did not change the adversarial nature of Montreal municipal politics.[14] Thériault absented herself when Vision Montreal voted against Tremblay's 2010 budget.[15]

Tremblay removed Thériault from the executive committee on March 22, 2011, after she and sixteen other Vision Montreal councillors were cited by Quebec's chief electoral officer for illegal loan guarantees in the 2009 election. Vision Montreal contended that the guarantees were made in error and that the party had itself raised the matter with Quebec election officials.[16] Tremblay said that Thériault had performed well on the executive, but that he could not keep her in government following the citation.[17]

Opposition councillor[edit]

Thériault was elected as president of the Vision Montreal caucus in December 2012.[18]

Provincial politics[edit]

Thériault ran as a Quebec Liberal Party candidate in a provincial by-election in Bourget in 2008, centring her campaign around what she described as "a pro-family theme."[19] She was defeated by Parti Québécois candidate Maka Kotto.[20]

Electoral record[edit]


2009 Montreal municipal election results: Councillor, Louis-Riel

Montreal municipal election, 2005: Borough mayor, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Vision Montreal Lyn Thériault Faust (incumbent councillor) 15,130 48.07  
Citizens Union Pierre Bélanger 13,079 41.56  
Projet Montréal Éric Alan Caldwell 3,263 10.37  
Total valid votes 31,472 100  
Source: City of Montreal official results (in French), City of Montreal.
2001 Montreal municipal election results: Councillor, Louis-Riel


Quebec provincial by-election, May 12, 2008: Bourget
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Parti Québécois Maka Kotto 6,575 40.66 −0.60
Liberal Lyn Thériault 5,161 31.92 +9.07
Green Scott McKay 1,839 11.37 +3.28
Action démocratique Denis Mondor 1,520 9.40 −13.61
Québec solidaire Gaétan Legault 700 4.33 +0.14
Parti indépendantiste Richard Gervais 376 2.33
Total valid votes 16,171 99.01
Total rejected ballots 162 0.99
Turnout 16,333 34.55 −35.34
Electors on the lists 47,276
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.

School trustee[edit]

2003 Commission scolaire de Montréal election results: Trustee, District Ten
Party Candidate Votes %
Collectif pour la réussite et l'épanouissement de l'enfant (x)Lyn Faust 670 52.96
Mouvement pour une école moderne et ouverte Jean-François Moisan 595 47.04
Total votes 1,265 100.00
Source ÉLECTIONS SCOLAIRES DU 16 NOVEMBRE 2003, Commission scolaire de Montréal.
1998 Commission scolaire de Montréal election results: Trustee, District Ten
Party Candidate Votes %
Regroupement scolaire confessionnel Lyn Faust 1,483 53.91
Mouvement pour une école moderne et ouverte Linda Tassile 1,268 46.09
Total votes 2,751 100
Source Commission scolaire de Montréal — 06-02 (Election Results, 1998), Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.


  1. ^ Deros was styled with responsibility for community, social development, and families.
  2. ^ Lyn Thériault - Candidat (2009 campaign literature), Vision Montreal, accessed 27 October 2011; Arrondissement Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve: Conseil d'arrondissement, City of Montreal, accessed 27 October 2011.
  3. ^ Ingrid Peritz, "MEMO takes control of Montreal's French board," Montreal Gazette, 15 June 1998, p. 5.
  4. ^ Remonter la cote de l'école publique,, accessed 29 October 2011.
  5. ^ Sommaire des communiques transmis par CNW Telbec le 13 mars 2003.
  6. ^ "Election 2005 Results: Montreal & Suburbs," Montreal Gazette, 7 November 2005, p. 10.
  7. ^ Linda Gyulai, "Tremblay's inner circle unveiled," Montreal Gazette, 18 November 2005, p. 6.
  8. ^ Michelle Lalonde and James Mennie, "Borough mayors," Montreal Gazette, 17 March 2006, p. 7. See also Linda Gyulai, "City accused of shifting tax hikes to boroughs," Montreal Gazette, 7 October 2006, p. 6.
  9. ^ "Yea or nay? Councillors duck question," Montreal Gazette, 20 November 2006, p. 4; Linda Gyulai, "No Walk in the Park," Montreal Gazette, 29 November 2006, p. 1.
  10. ^ Linda Gyulai, "Non-profit firm up for 10-year recycling contract," Montreal Gazette, 23 February 2007, p. 6.
  11. ^ Jan Ravensbergen, "Two star candidates and a resignation; Menard joins Vision; Boulos to run alone; Purcell joins Tremblay," Montreal Gazette, 26 June 2009, p. 6.
  12. ^ "The Municipal Vote," Montreal Gazette, 3 November 2007, p. 8.
  13. ^ "De l'opposition au comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal," Le Téléjournal, 17 November 2009; Linda Gyulai, "Making history at city hall; Power Shift; Opposition councillors on executive committee," Montreal Gazette, 18 November 2009, p. 1; James Mennie, "Mayor tries multi-party gambit; Will it work?; 'Tremblay was very courageous'," Montreal Gazette, 18 November 2009, p. 3.
  14. ^ James Mennie, "A co-operative city hall; Municipal parties find as many issues to unite as they do to divide," Montreal Gazette, 29 April 2010, p. 7; James Mennie, "Learning to live together at city hall; Have things calmed down since Gerald Tremblay called for an end to the 'sterile' political debate dogging council?", Montreal Gazette, 30 October 2010, p. 7.
  15. ^ James Mennie, "D'oh! Bergeron changes view of mayor; Supports municipal budget; Projet leader had compared Tremblay to Homer Simpson during campaign," Montreal Gazette, 27 January 2010, p. 7.
  16. ^ James Mennie, "Statement demands Vision Montreal apology; Attack withdrawn - for now; Tremblay administration will try again to table declaration condemning party," Montreal Gazette, 23 March 2011, p. 7; James Mennie, "Debate nasty even by council standards," Montreal Gazette, 24 March 2011, p. 7.
  17. ^ James Mennie, "Opposition out in city's cabinet shuffle; Tremblay appoints Applebaum to oversee finance," Montreal Gazette, 7 April 2011, p. 7.
  18. ^ "Lyn Thériault devient présidente du caucus des élus de Vision Montréal", Nouvelles Hochelaga-Maissoneuve, 17 December 2012, accessed 15 January 2013.
  19. ^ Philip Authier, "Theriault to run for Liberals; Montreal borough mayor in provincial by-election," Montreal Gazette, 26 February 2008, p. 9.
  20. ^ Philip Authier, Hubert Bauch & Elizabeth Thompson, "ADQ slumps in every riding; Meltdown. PQ retains Bourget, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Liberals keep Hull," Montreal Gazette, 13 May 2008, p. 1.

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