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Carl Boileau is a politician in MontrealQuebecCanada. He was elected to the Montreal city council in 2005 as a co-listed candidate with Projet Montréal leader Richard Bergeron, but did not serve. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough council.


Early life and political career[edit]

Boileau was born and raised in the Plateau-Mont-Royal area [1] and was a Parti Québécois (PQ) youth representative in the early 2000s.

In 2001, he sought the PQ nomination for a by-election in the Montreal division of Mercier. This nomination contest was marked by significant divisions in the party, after early frontrunner Yves Michaud was forced to resign following a series of controversial remarks involving Quebec nationalism, immigration, and Quebec’s Jewish community. Michaud’s supporters, including Boileau, argued that his comments had been unfairly distorted to present him in an unflattering light. In his nomination speech, Boileau accused the PQ leadership of “dictatorial electoral machinations” and received applause for saying, “Mr. Michaud, you were never a racist in our eyes.” He was defeated by Claudel Toussaint, a candidate of the party establishment.[2]

In 2002, Boileau argued that right-wing members of Bernard Landry‘s government should leave the PQ and join the rival Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ).[3] He helped to form the municipal party Projet Montréal in 2004.[4]

2005 election[edit]

In the 2005 municipal election, Boileau ran as a co-listed candidate with mayoral candidate Richard Bergeron for the De Lorimier ward on Montreal city council. (Under the rules governing Montreal municipal elections, mayoral candidates may also run for council seats, “co-listed” with other members of their party. If the co-listed candidate wins the council seat and the mayoral candidate is defeated for mayor, then the mayoral candidate may claim the council seat.)

Boileau was elected in a difficult contest for the De Lorimier ward and, as such, became the first Projet Montréal candidate to be elected anywhere in the city. Bergeron was able to claim the council seat, however, as he was defeated in the mayoral contest.[5]

Borough councillor[edit]

Boileau was elected to the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough council for De Lorimier in the 2009 municipal election. Projet Montréal won all seven borough seats in this election and formed a local administration under Luc Ferrandez.[6]

Boileau was the first councillor in Montreal to utilize a 2009 bylaw allowing citizens to request public consultation on municipal or borough issues if enough valid signatures may be obtained (five thousand signatures are required for borough issues, fifteen thousand for issues affecting the entire city). Boileau collected thirty thousand signatures to launch city-wide discussions on urban agriculture; in early 2013, city councillor Marvin Rotrand indicated that many of the ideas brought forward at the resulting public meetings had already been or would be incorporated into city policy.[7]

Boileau resigned from Projet Montréal in October 2012, charging that the local Ferrandez administration was undemocratic. He joined the rival Vision Montreal party in March 2013.[4]

Electoral record[edit]

[show]Montreal municipal election, 2009
Plateau-Mont-Royal borough Councillor, De Lorimier
2005 Montreal municipal election results: Councillor, De Lorimier

[show]Party Candidate Total votes  % of total votes



  1. Jump up^ Carl Boileau, Vision Montreal biography, accessed 24 March 2013.
  2. Jump up^ Hubert Bauch, “Landry gets his way: Pick of PQ brass in Mercier wins on first ballot,” Montreal Gazette, 5 March 2001, A1.
  3. Jump up^ Rhéal Séguin, “PQ split shows as ministers urged to quit,” Montreal Gazette, 25 October 2002, A16.
  4. Jump up to:a b “Projet Montreal’s boileau crosses,” Montreal Gazette, 2 March 2013, A6.
  5. Jump up^ Jeff Heinrich, “Fotopulos holds on in 3-way battle,” Montreal Gazette, 7 November 2005, A7; Jason Madger, “Projet Montreal hits the Plateau running; Civic election candidates chosen; Leader of municipal party predicts they’ll win majority of seats in borough,” Montreal Gazette, 13 May 2009, A4.
  6. Jump up^ Brenda Branswell, “Plateau embraces projet; Bergeron’s party sweeps all 7 seats in a district that has a history of electing political renegades,” Montreal Gazette, 3 November 2009, A6.
  7. Jump up^ Ren Bruemmer, “Councillor hopes U.S.-style votes will come to city; Referendums boost interest in elections,” Montreal Gazette, 8 February 2013, A4.

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