The stakes are high in Town of Mount-Royal. Heading into the municipal election, your local newspaper challenged the two aspiring mayors to answer four questions in 150 words each, while thinking about fundamental issues for our society of tomorrow, such as the environment, transparency, diversity and inclusion.
In three words, Michelle Setlakwe describes her city as “Green, diverse, safe”. Peter Malouf describes the town as an "Oasis of tranquility, dynamic, looking to the future".
Here is what they told us.
It is often said that Town of Mount Royal is like a small village and that the garden city offers a good quality of life to its residents. What do you plan to do to maintain this spirit of community that bonds the Townies?
Response from the outgoing counselor, Michelle Setlakwe, leader of party United for TMR - Team Setlakwe.
Town of Mount Royal offers an exceptional quality of life! We must preserve it and enhance the sense of community within our Town. My team and I wish to take many actions in this regard, such as:
- Maintain our bilingual status;
- Improve communication with residents (new website / interactive app);
- Prioritize the construction of the sports and community centre: it will serve as an intergenerational meeting venue;
- Vitalize our downtown area - with the REM and new public place - by investing efforts to become a hub with more shops and restaurants;
- Enhance cultural and unifying activities, while highlighting our rich diversity, in order to strengthen our ties and contribute to a sense of belonging for each of us;
- Ensure our parks serve as meeting areas;
- Enhance community services and opportunities for mutual aid between residents.
Response from Peter Malouf, leader of the party Équipe Peter Malouf.
Équipe Peter Malouf believes that building the new Sports Center will be a catalyst for community spirit. We also want to restore energy to our town centre, public spaces, shops and restaurants. We envision seasonal public markets, diverse inclusive spaces for young adults to gather and pop-up arts and culture venues. We will celebrate professional artists and authors who live in our community and encourage intergenerational community activities to bring residents out of the pandemic-induced isolation.
Our 'TMR Small Business Community Network' will unify independent home-based entrepreneurs, encourage local shopping, and develop government-subsidized youth employment. Local merchants' associations in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce will strengthen businesses in the town center and entrances including Rockland, Lucerne, and Beaumont.
We will create a culture of active citizen participation so residents participate in consultation on main issues and community programs to ensure the harmonious future of our Garden City.