Robert Libman

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Robert Libman
Borough Mayor of Côte-Saint-Luc–Hampstead–Montreal West
In office
Preceded byposition established
Succeeded byposition abolished
Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc
In office
Preceded byBernard Lang
Succeeded byAnthony Housefather
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for D'Arcy-McGee
In office
Preceded byHerbert Marx
Succeeded byLawrence Bergman
Personal details
Born (1960-11-08) November 8, 1960 (age 63)
Montreal, Quebec
Political partyEquality Party
Conservative Party
  • Malia Azeroual
    (div. 1994)
  • Joanne Shapiro
    (m. 1997)
ChildrenKevin, Daniel and Jonathan

Robert Libman (born November 8, 1960) is a Canadian politician and architect.[1]


Born in Montreal, Quebec, he is the son of David Libman and Goldie Aronovitch. He attended Herzliah High School, Vanier College, and received a Bachelor of architecture from McGill University in 1985. From 1985 to 1989, he practiced architecture with Jacques Beique et Associés and Tolchinsky and Goodz Architects.

Provincial politics[edit]

In 1988, he co-founded the Equality Party to protest against the Quebec Liberal Party government's decision to extend a ban on English commercial signs.[2] In 1989, he was elected as a Member of the National Assembly in the Montreal riding of D'Arcy-McGee, winning 57.85% of the valid ballots.

Due in part to the surprise victory of the Equality Party, the Quebec government later lessened restrictions on English signs. During his term in office, Libman made headlines by using his Parliamentary privilege to reveal the details of confidential, money-losing contracts signed between Hydro-Québec and some of Quebec's aluminum producers.[3]

Libman left the Equality Party and sat as an independent shortly before the 1994 general election.[4] His supporters attempted to make him the Quebec Liberal Party candidate in his riding. However, new Quebec Liberal Party leader Daniel Johnson refused to sign his nomination papers. Libman ran as an independent and lost to the Quebec Liberal Party candidate Lawrence Bergman.

After his election defeat, he hosted an evening talk show on Montreal radio station CJAD for three years. He also became the Quebec Regional Director of B'nai Brith Canada.

In 1997 Libman won a unanimous Supreme Court of Canada judgement in Libman v Quebec (AG). Certain sections of the Quebec Referendum Law, concerning restrictions on third party spending, were struck down. As a result of this decision, the charges against federalist groups who participated in the large Pro-Canada Rally during the 1995 referendum campaign were cancelled.

In 1995 Libman authored Riding the Rapids; The Whitewater Rise and Fall of Quebec's Anglo Protest published by Robert Davies Publishing.

Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc[edit]

In 1998, Libman was acclaimed mayor of the city of Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec. In 2001, he was elected borough mayor of Côte Saint-Luc—Hampstead—Montreal West and was a member of the Montreal City Council and its Executive Committee. He was responsible for the Urban Planning and Development portfolio and was charged with overseeing the creation of Montreal's new Urban Master Plan which was adopted by City Council in 2004.

Libman supported the continued merger of the borough of Côte Saint-Luc with the megacity of Montreal after the provincial government watered down their promise of allowing the former cities to return to the same status as they had before the merger.

He decided to quit politics in 2005, and not to run for mayor of the re-constituted city of Côte Saint-Luc following its demerger from the megacity of Montreal.[2] He returned to private life and opened his own architectural consulting firm, Libcorp Consultants Inc. He was also a director and partner in RSW Properties, a property management firm in Montreal until 2015. Later that year he joined Olymbec, a large real estate developer as their in-house consultant on architecture, planning and municipal zoning.

Move to federal politics[edit]

Libman returned to politics in 2014 by seeking the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in Mount Royal for the 2015 federal election.[5] Libman won the nomination on April 26, beating former TVA journalist, Pascale Déry.[6] On October 19, 2015, Libman was defeated by Liberal Anthony Housefather.[7][8]

In January 2021 Libman was named by the Montreal Gazette as a weekly political affairs columnist for the Saturday edition.

Electoral history[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Anthony Housefather 24,187 50.34 +8.93
Conservative Robert Libman 18,201 37.88 +2.27
New Democratic Mario Jacinto Rimbao 3,884 8.08 -9.77
Bloc Québécois Jade Bossé Bélanger 908 1.90 -1.01
Green Timothy Landry 747 1.55 -0.20
Marxist–Leninist Diane Johnston 124 0.26 -0.02
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,051 100.00 $207,183.11
Total rejected ballots 425 0.88
Turnout 48,476 65.18 +7.54
Eligible voters 74,374
Liberal hold Swing +6.66
Source: Elections Canada[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  2. ^ a b "Robert Libman wins Conservative nomination in Mount-Royal". CBC News. April 27, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  3. ^ Goodfellow, Christopher (May 13, 1991). "The need to know...the right to know...and hydro". Lachute Watchman. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Macpherson, Don (May 1, 2015). "Similar candidates, opposing parties in Pierre Trudeau's former riding". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "Former Anglo rights activist seeks Tory nod in Mount Royal". Canadian Jewish News. August 11, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "Libman beats Dery for Conservative nomination in Mount Royal". CTV Montreal News. April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "Liberal Anthony Housefather elected in Mount Royal". CBC News. October 19, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Lau, Rachel (October 20, 2015). "Liberal Anthony Housefather elected in Mount Royal". Global News. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Election Results, 22 October 2015
  10. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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