Liberal Anthony Housefather elected in Mount Royal

MONTREAL – Liberal candidate Anthony Housefather has been elected in the Mount Royal after a feisty campaign between two local political heavyweights.

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Housefather, the mayor of Côte-Saint-Luc went head-to-head with former Côte-Saint-Luc mayor Robert Libman.

The riding is a wealthy anglophone riding that has been Liberal since 1940.

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In the last 75 years, this riding has had just five MPs, all Liberal, including Pierre Trudeau from 1965 to 1984.

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Liberal incumbent, Irwin Cotler, stepped down after 16 years, leaving the battle to Anthony Housefather, the popular mayor of Côte-Saint-Luc.

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On the Conservative side: : former Equality Party MNA Robert Libman, a well-known champion of anglophone rights.

He came in second; the last time a Conservative won the seat was in 1935.

It was the first time both Housefather and Libman ran for federal office, but not the first time they’ve run against each other.

Both boasted political experience and claimed they knew best how to represent the riding of more than 100,000 residents.

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NDP candidate Mario Jacinto Rimbao, a fleet operator for a shipping company, came in a far third.

Engineer Jade Bossé-Bélanger with the Bloc Québécois came in fourth.

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The riding includes the city of Côte-Saint-Luc, the towns of Mount Royal and Hampstead, the neighbourhood of Snowdon and the western part of Côte-des-Neiges.

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French is the first language of about 22.5 per cent of people in this riding (as of the last census), the lowest in Quebec.

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It also has the highest concentration of Jewish people in the province, at 30.1 per cent of the population.

The average income is third highest in the province, at $48,466.