Two opposition councillors on executive committee
Published Tuesday, November 17, 2009 10:49AM EST
Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay has named two opposition councillors to the executive committee and he has also appointed himself as chairman of the powerful body.
Project Montreal Leader Richard Bergeron and Vision Montreal councillor Lyn Theriault will sit on the committee, which oversees all major projects in the city.
Tremblay announced the shakeup Tuesday morning as he tries to win back public trust amid several police investigations into alleged municipal corruption.
"People were waiting for us to do things differently," he told a news conference at city hall.
"Major reforms were necessary. All city councillors were elected by and for Montrealers and we will be working for them."
Luis Miranda and Sammy Forcillo were dropped from the executive committee. Both men's names came up in recent media reports related to alleged city hall scandals.
Here's the new executive committee (main committee titles in parentheses):
Mayor Gerald Tremblay (international affairs)
Alan DeSousa, Borough Mayor, St. Laurent (vice-president and member responsible for parks and environment)
Michael Appelbaum, Borough Mayor, CDN/N.D.G. (vice-president and member responsible for housing)
Richard Bergeron, Leader, Project Montreal (urban affairs)
Lyn Theriault, Councillor, Louis-Riel (social and comm dev.)
Richard Deschamps, Councillor, LaSalle (eco. dev, infrastructure)
Manon Barbe, Borough Mayor, LaSalle (transport)
Helen Fotopulos, Borough Mayor, Plateau-Mont-Royal (culture, heritage)
Claude Trudel, Borough Mayor, Verdun (public security)
Michel Bissonnet, Borough Mayor, St. Leonard (gov't affairs)
Mary Deros, Councillor, Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension (ethnic communities)
Monique Worth, Borough Mayor, Pierrefonds-Roxboro (sports and leisure)