Melanie Joly victorious in Ahuntsic-Cartierville
Melanie Joly is the new MP for the riding of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, having defeated incumbent Maria Mourani.
Joly first came to prominence while running for mayor of Montreal as an independent candidate in 2013.
During her campaign she promised to bring new economic strength to the area.
"It's important to relaunch Chabanel. I've talked about it a lot. It used to be 50,000 jobs now it's only 10,000, so I want to work on economic development at the federal level," said Joly.
"I want to make sure also there's a thousand new social and community houses here in Ahuntsic-Cartierville."
On a federal level, Joly said she was committed to restoring Canada's ideal as a progressive country.
"In terms of redistribution of wealth, making sure there are tax cuts for the middle class ... to create economic growth, and also I want to make sure that Canada re-becomes the honest broker of peace in the world so that we play a positive role," she said.
As the person who previously held the seat, Mourani had originally been elected as a member of the Bloc Quebecois in 2006 and was reelected in 2008 and 2011. However, her opposition to the Parti Quebecois’ Charter of Values led to her expulsion from the Bloc caucus, and to her joining the NDP.
In a statement, Mourani noted her "path has not always been easy, but I have always served the riding with integrity, passion and dedication."
She added that she felt a great sense of accomplishment over her fights against prostitution and street gangs during her time in parliament.