Lionel Perez from Ensemble Montréal (Équipe Denis Coderre) has been elected the new mayor of Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG) in the 2021 Quebec municipal elections.
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Pérez received the most votes against his mayoral candidate competitors, Sue Montgomery from Courage – Team Sue Montgomery, Gracia Kasoki Katahwa from Projet Montréal (Team Valérie Plante), Matthew Kerr from Mouvement Montreal (Team Balarama Holness), Alexander Montagano from Team CDN – NDG and Neal Mukherjee from Action Montreal (Team Gilbert Thibodeau).
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At 11 p.m. Sunday, Pérez won with more than 38.83 percent of the vote, with a total of 9,591 votes. In second place was Katahwa, with 36.51 percent of the votes (9,017 votes), and Kerr was in third place with 10.79 percent of the votes (2,666 votes).
Former Mayor Montgomery came in fourth with 9.37 percent of the vote (2,315 votes).
Montgomery has served as the CDN-NDG district mayor since the last municipal elections in 2017.
Montgomery has faced her share of political scandal as mayor of the borough. She was expelled from the Projet Montréal caucus after her former chief of staff, Annalisa Harris, faced accusations of harassment.
This led to a saga of years that pitted Montgomery and Harris against the city of Montreal, leading to ethical complaints filed against Montgomery.
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The Quebec Municipal Commission (CMQ) found Montgomery guilty of 11 ethical violations while he was in office. The report cleared her of 17 other charges.
Montgomery later formed his own party, Équipe Sue Montgomery.
The new mayor of the municipality, Pérez served as city councilor for the Darlington district with Ensemble Montréal. He also served as spokesman for the state of the metropolis, governance and international relations.
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