The documentary of the week | These people who run our cities

Municipal elected officials make the daily decisions that most directly affect the majority of citizens. Series Town halls: new generation follows the chief magistrates of five large and small towns in the province, lifting the veil on their ambitions and challenges as they navigate their first mandate.

Many young mayors were elected for the first time during the 2021 municipal elections. The motivation they display on Annabelle Lavoie’s camera is inversely proportional to the participation rate: only 38% of voters took the trouble to go vote to choose those who would shape the daily life of their communities.


The mayors lead the teams mandated to decide between what citizens want and what they really need, sums up the mayor of Saint-Lin–Laurentides, Mathieu Maisonneuve, roughly in these words. With Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke), Nathalie-Ann Pelchat (Senneterre), Michaël Pilote (Baie-Saint-Paul) and Bruno Marchand (Québec), he is one of the elected officials participating in Town halls: new generation.


Elected in 2021, Évelyne Beaudin is the first mayor in the history of the City of Sherbrooke.

The series broadcast on Savoir Média is not a reality show, but it talks about reality. It literally follows the mayors and, over the course of its eight episodes, speaks as much about political idealism as about the shock of reality. The program shows in detail how municipal administrations are leading the way: from waste management to culture, including security, housing, roads, the environment and public transport, elected officials local authorities deal with everything that directly affects citizens.


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