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Saint-Lambert residents looking for change, elect new mayor

Pierre Brodeur gives his victory speech after being elected mayor of Saint-Lambert, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.
Pierre Brodeur gives his victory speech after being elected mayor of Saint-Lambert, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Sandrine Ouellet/Global News

Residents in Saint-Lambert, in Montreal’s south shore, say they are ready for a change, electing Pierre Brodeur as their new mayor with 38.7 per cent of the vote.

READ MORE: Saint-Lambert election results

“We want to have a say on what’s going on in our municipality. It’s our living environment and we are directly impacted,” said resident Marie-Hélène Bacon.

Incumbent mayor Alain Dépatie, who served on city council starting in 1994 before being elected mayor in 2013, finished fourth (10.1 per cent) behind Marc Edwards (20.5 per cent) and Dominique Lebeau (18.8 per cent).

READ MORE: Live results across Greater Montreal

About 30 residents and some candidates showed up to Saint-Lambert City Hall to wait for the results.

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Edwards and Lebeau left before the end of the evening; Brodeur arrived around 10:30 p.m., unable to hide a broad smile after finding out he had been elected.

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“We are all a link in the chain that we will solidify and we will be proud to be citizens of Saint-Lambert,” he said in his victory speech.

Saint-Lambert residents wait for results during the 2017 municipal elections, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2017.
Saint-Lambert residents wait for results during the 2017 municipal elections, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2017. Sandrine Ouellet/Global News

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The mayor-elect said he wants to connect with organizations, such as la Maison Desaulniers, the Golf Club of Saint-Lambert and daycare centres as part of “Oeuvrons en harmonie,” (Let’s work in harmony), which was his campaign slogan.

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Brodeur said he plans to stay for one mandate, during which he wants to re-establish pride in the city.

Sandrine Ouellet is a journalism student from Concordia University who gathered election data for Global News in Saint-Lambert.

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