1985 Quebec municipal elections

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Several municipalities in the Canadian province of Quebec held municipal elections to elect mayors and councillors on November 3, 1985.

Municipal elections were not held in Montreal, Quebec's largest city, in this electoral cycle. The previous municipal election in Montreal took place in 1982 and the next was scheduled for 1986.

Results (incomplete)[edit]

Verdun[edit]

Former Liberal Party of Canada Member of Parliament (MP) Raymond Savard was elected to his first term as mayor in the on-island Montreal suburb of Verdun, narrowly defeating Georges Bossé in a crowded field. Bossé's Municipal Action Party won six seats on council, as opposed to only four for Savard's Verdun Citizens' Movement. Former Liberal cabinet minister Bryce Mackasey was defeated in his bid for a council seat.

One of the leading issues in this election was the proposed annexation of Verdun into the city of Montreal. The Verdun Unity Party supported this position and was rejected at the polls; all of the party's candidates, including three incumbent councillors, were defeated. Incumbent councillor Robert Filiatraut was re-elected as a candidate of the Verdun Anti-Annexation Party. Nuns' Island (Division 1) was an outlier in this election, with a pro-annexation independent candidate winning an overwhelming victory.[1]

Party colours in the results listed below have been randomly chosen and do not indicate affiliation with or resemblance to any municipal, provincial, or federal party.

Electoral District Position Total valid votes Candidates
  Parti d'action municipale
(Municipal Action Party)
  Parti de l'Unité de Verdun
(Verdun Unity Party)
  Regroupement des Citoyens de Verdun
(Verdun Citizens' Movement)
  Parti contre l'annexion de Verdun
(Verdun Anti-Annexation Party)
  Parti civique de Verdun
(Verdun Civic Party)
  Independents
Mayor 24,522   Georges Bossé
7,987 (32.57%)
  Robert Liboiron
4,886 (19.92%)
  Raymond Savard
8,232 (33.57%)
  Maurice Trudeau
2,372 (9.67%)
  Robert Mailhot
337 (1.37%)
  Eddy Vigneau
708 (2.89%)
District 1 City councillor 2,142       André Lecocq
16 (0.75%)
  Richard Lamontagne
15 (0.70%)
  Jean-Pierre Mailhot
10 (0.47%)
  Arthur Benarroch
1,730 (80.77%)
Danielle D. Hébert
189 (8.82%)
André Claude Gagnier
182 (8.50%)
District 2 City councillor 1,992   Jacques Lauzon
753 (37.80%)
  Jean-Paul Leblanc
414 (20.78%)
  Claudette Gauthier
210 (10.54%)
  Réjean Lacoste (incumbent)
615 (30.87%)
   
District 3 City councillor 1,956   Raymond Burnett
490 (25.05%)
  Pierre Paquette
363 (18.56%)
  Frank Renzo
401 (20.50%)
  Robert Filiatraut (incumbent)
627 (32.06%)
    Daniel Bertrand
75 (3.83%)
District 4 City councillor 2,054   Jocelyn Beauvais
745 (36.27%)
  Nicole Brault-Greco
437 (21.28%)
  Paul Beaupré
430 (20.93%)
  Alain Tassé
411 (20.01%)
  Gilbert Léger
31 (1.51%)
 
District 5 City councillor 1,879   Louis Leblanc
695 (36.99%)
  Jean-Paul Paquette (incumbent)
305 (16.23%)
  Richard St-Amour
331 (17.62%)
  Marcel Bourassa
409 (21.77%)
  Mary MacNaughton
33 (1.76%)
  Marc Vaillancourt
106 (5.64%)
District 6 City councillor 1,985   Laurent Dugas
734 (36.98%)
  Yvon Bernier (incumbent)
402 (20.25%)
  Jules Provost
433 (21.81%)
  Réal Lapierre
372 (18.74%)
  Carmen Goedike
44 (2.22%)
 
District 7 City councillor 2,211   Claude Ravary
850 (38.44%)
  Jean-Paul Belisle (incumbent)
573 (25.92%)
  Johanne Côté
637 (28.81%)
  Réjean Dugas
125 (5.65%)
  Lucien Richard
26 (1.18%)
 
District 8 City councillor 1,603   Jeannine Trainor
494 (30.82%)
  Jean-Paul Richard
287 (17.91%)
  Elliot Goldsborough
564 (35.18%)
  Charles Sylvestre
146 (9.11%)
  Jean Letourneau
112 (6.99%)
 
District 9 City councillor 2,028   Marcel H. Girard
519 (25.59%)
  Pauline Charpentier
302 (14.89%)
  Jocelyn Théroux-Méager
943 (46.50%)
  Geneviève Dugas
177 (8.73%)
  Eric Hill
87 (4.29%)
 
District 10 City councillor 2,210   Robert Noël DeTilly
675 (30.54%)
  Marcel Brisebois
295 (13.35%)
  Maurice Couturier
724 (32.76%)
  Bryce Mackasey
462 (20.90%)
    Bernard Deschamps
54 (2.44%)
District 11 City councillor 2,511   Suzanne Dunne
1.093 (43.53%)
  Ralph Damato
228 (9.08%)
  Robert Blanchette
1,010 (40.22%)
  Odette Gloutnay
162 (6.45%)
  Manon Mosseau
18 (0.72%)
 
District 12 City councillor 1,876   Jacqueline Quinn
518 (27.61%)
  Gerald Patrick O'Reilly
380 (20.26%)
  John Gallagher
786 (41.90%)
  Richard Archambault
129 (6.88%)
    Arthur Wilsher
63 (3.36%)

Source: "Final results for Verdun, Hudson, Montreal East," Montreal Gazette, 5 November 1985, A6.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daniel Kucharsky, "Verdun voters reject annexation backers," Montreal Gazette, 5 November 1985, A1. See also Ingrid Peritz & Daniel Kurcharsky, "Montreal wants talks on Nun's Island," Montreal Gazette, 5 November 1985, A5.