Montreal City Council

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Montreal City Council
Conseil municipal de Montréal (French)
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Seats 64 councillors and mayor
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Last election
3 November 2013

The Montreal City Council (French: Conseil municipal de Montréal) is the governing body in the mayor–council government in the city of Montreal, Quebec. The head of the city government in Montreal is the mayor, who is first among equals in the city council. The council is a democratically elected institution and is the final decision-making authority in the city, although much power is centralized in the executive committee. The council consists of 65 members from all boroughs of the city.[1] The council has jurisdiction over many matters, including public security, agreements with other governments, subsidy programs, the environment, urban planning, and a three-year capital expenditure program. The city council is also required to supervise, standardize or approve certain decisions made by the borough councils.

City Hall[edit]


Reporting directly to the city council, the executive committee exercises decision-making powers similar to that of the cabinet in a parliamentary system and is responsible for preparing various documents including budgets and by-laws, submitted to the city council for approval. The decision-making powers of the executive committee cover, in particular, the awarding of contracts or grants, the management of human and financial resources, supplies and buildings. It may also be assigned further powers by the city council.

Standing committees are the council's prime instruments for public consultation. They are responsible for the public study of pending matters and for making the appropriate recommendations to the council. They also review the annual budget forecasts for departments under their jurisdiction. A public notice of meeting is published in both French and English daily newspapers at least seven days before each meeting. All meetings include a public question period. The standing committees, of which there are seven, have terms lasting two years. In addition, the city council may decide to create special committees at any time. Each standing committee is made up of seven to nine members, including a chairman and a vice-chairman. The members are all elected municipal officers, with the exception of a representative of the government of Quebec on the public security committee.


The current city council consists of the mayor and 64 elected city councillors, including borough mayors. Unlike most Canadian cities, the city of Montreal has political parties.

Each borough is divided into between two and five districts, and has a different system of representation depending on its population. Each borough also has a borough council, consisting of the borough mayor, any city councillors, and in certain boroughs additional borough councillors, as follows:

Borough Representation on city council Additional representation on borough council
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts None
Anjou Borough mayor and 1 city councillor Borough councillors for 3 districts
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Borough mayor and city councillors for 5 districts None
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Borough mayor only Borough councillors for 4 districts
Lachine Borough mayor and 1 city councillor Borough councillors for 3 districts
LaSalle Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 2 borough councillors
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts None
Montréal-Nord Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Outremont Borough mayor only Borough councillors for 4 districts
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough mayor and city councillors for 3 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Borough mayor and city councillors for 3 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts None
Saint-Laurent Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Saint-Léonard Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Le Sud-Ouest Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 1 borough councillor
Verdun Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts Each district elects 2 borough councillors
Ville-Marie Mayor of Montreal (ex officio borough mayor)
and city councillors for 3 districts
2 city councillors from other boroughs named by the Mayor
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts None

Party standings[edit]

The most recent election was the Montreal municipal election, 2013,[2] in which Denis Coderre's Équipe Denis Coderre pour Montréal party won 27 of the 65 seats on council. Marc-André Gadoury (August 2015[3]), Érika Duchesne (March 2016), Russell Copeman (November 2016), Richard Bergeron (November 2016), Réal Ménard (March 2017) and Lorraine Pagé (May 2017) crossed the floor to join the EDC.

Party standings
  Party Leader Seats as of 2013 election Seats as of June 28, 2017
  Équipe Denis Coderre pour Montréal Denis Coderre 27 35
  Projet Montréal Valérie Plante 20 19
  Vrai changement pour Montréal Justine McIntyre 4 2
  Équipe Anjou Luis Miranda 2 2
  Équipe Barbe Team Manon Barbe 2 2
  Coalition Montréal Marvin Rotrand 6 1
  Équipe Dauphin Lachine Claude Dauphin 2 1
  Équipe conservons Outremont Marie Cinq-Mars 1 0
  Independent 1 3

Current members[edit]

Borough Position Party Name Location
Ville-Marie Mayor of Montreal EDC  CoderreDenis Coderre C
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Borough mayor EDC  GagnierPierre Gagnier Nw
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Ahuntsic PM  ThuillierÉmilie Thuillier Nw
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Bordeaux-Cartierville EDC  ChitilianHarout Chitilian Nw
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Saint-Sulpice EDC  DesrochersPierre Desrochers Nw
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Sault-au-Récollet EDC  PagéLorraine Pagé Nw
Anjou Borough mayor EA  MirandaLuis Miranda Ne
Anjou Councillor EA  HenaultAndrée Hénault Ne
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Borough mayor EDC  CopemanRussell Copeman C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Côte-des-Neiges PM  PopeanuMagda Popeanu C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Darlington EDC  PerezLionel Perez C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Loyola Ind  SearleJeremy Searle C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce PM  McQueenPeter McQueen C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Snowdon CM  RotrandMarvin Rotrand C
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Borough mayor PM  MarinacciNormand Marinacci Nw
Lachine Borough mayor EDL  DauphinClaude Dauphin S
Lachine Councillor EDC  CloutierJean-François Cloutier S
LaSalle Borough mayor PAL  BarbeManon Barbe S
LaSalle Councillor, Cecil-P.-Newman EDC  ValléeMonique Vallée S
LaSalle Councillor, Sault-Saint-Louis PAL  DeschampsRichard Deschamps S
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Borough mayor EDC  MenardRéal Ménard E
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Hochelaga PM  CaldwellÉric Alan Caldwell E
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Louis-Riel EDC  Boivin RoyKarine Boivin Roy E
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Maisonneuve–Longue-Pointe PM  LalondeLaurence Lavigne Lalonde E
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Tétreaultville EDC  CelziRichard Celzi E
Montréal-Nord Borough mayor EDC  BlackChristine Black Ne
Montréal-Nord Councillor, Marie-Clarac EDC  RossiChantal Rossi Ne
Montréal-Nord Councillor, Ovide-Clermont EDC  GibeauJean-Marc Gibeau Ne
Outremont Borough mayor Ind  Cinq-MarsMarie Cinq-Mars C
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough mayor EDC  BeisDimitrios Jim Beis Nw
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Councillor, Bois-de-Liesse VCM  McIntyreJustine McIntyre Nw
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Councillor, Cap-Saint-Jacques EDC  Clément-TalbotCatherine Clément-Talbot Nw
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough mayor PM  FerrandezLuc Ferrandez C
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, DeLorimier PM  MainvilleLouise Mainville C
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, Jeanne-Mance PM  NorrisAlex Norris C
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, Mile-End PM  RyanRichard Ryan C
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Borough mayor EDC  RouleauChantal Rouleau Ne
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Councillor, La Pointe-aux-Prairies EDC  GuayRichard Guay Ne
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Councillor, Pointe-aux-Trembles EDC  DecarieSuzanne Décarie Ne
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Councillor, Rivière-des-Prairies EDC  RapanaGiovanni Rapanà Ne
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Borough mayor PM  CroteauFrançois Croteau E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Etienne-DesmarteauCouncillor, Étienne-Desmarteau EDC  GadouryMarc-André Gadoury E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Marie-Victorin PM  LavoieGuillaume Lavoie E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Saint-Édouard PM  LimogesFrançois Limoges E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Vieux-Rosemont EDC  DuchesneÉrika Duchesne E
Saint-Laurent Borough mayor EDC  DeSousaAlan DeSousa Nw
Saint-Laurent Councillor, Côte-de-Liesse EDC  MieleFrancesco Miele Nw
Saint-Laurent Councillor, Norman-McLaren EDC  SalemAref Salem Nw
Saint-Léonard Borough mayor EDC  BissonnetMichel Bissonnet Ne
Saint-Léonard Councillor, Saint-Léonard-Est EDC  LattanzioPatricia Lattanzio Ne
Saint-Léonard Councillor, Saint-Léonard-Ouest EDC  PerriDominic Perri Ne
Le Sud-Ouest Borough mayor PM  DoraisBenoit Dorais S
Le Sud-Ouest Councillor, Saint-Henri
PM  SauveCraig Sauvé S
Le Sud-Ouest Councillor, Saint-PaulÉmard PM  SigouinAnne-Marie Sigouin S
Verdun Borough mayor EDC  ParenteauJean-François Parenteau S
Verdun Councillor, Champlain–L'Île-des-Sœurs EDC  GauthierManon Gauthier S
Verdun Councillor, Desmarchais-Crawford PM  DowneySterling Downey S
Ville-Marie Councillor, Peter-McGill VCM  ShanahanSteve Shanahan C
Ville-Marie Councillor, Saint-Jacques EDC  BergeronRichard Bergeron C
Ville-Marie Councillor, Sainte-Marie PM  PlanteValérie Plante C
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Borough mayor EDC  SamsonAnie Samson E
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, François-Perrault PM  OuelletSylvain Ouellet E
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, Parc-Extension EDC  DerosMary Deros E
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, Saint-Michel EDC  BenjaminFrantz Benjamin E
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, Villeray Ind  LefebvreElsie Lefebvre E


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