France Belisle elected new mayor of Gatineau

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OTTAWA – France Bélisle is Gatineau’s new mayor, becoming the first woman elected to hold the city’s highest office.

The former head of Tourisme Outaouais and an executive at Radio-Canada easily won Sunday’s municipal election, succeeding Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin as mayor of Gatineau.

By 9:50 a.m., Bélisle had obtained 43% of the vote.

Action Gatineau candidate Maude Marquis-Bissonette was second with 38 percent of the vote, while former Gatineau councilor Jean-François Leblanc was third with 15 percent.

Jacques Lemay, Rémi Bergeron and Abdelhak Lekbabi are also candidates for mayor in the municipal elections on Monday.

“Thank you Gatineau,” Bélisle said in a Facebook statement shortly before celebrating with his fans on Sunday night.

“It is out of humility that I celebrate this victory tonight. I will not be perfect, but every day I will do my best,” said Bélisle in French.

Bélisle’s victory put an end to eight years of government by Pedneaud-Jobin and the Action Gatineau party. Pedneaud-Jobin, head of Action Gatineau, has decided not to stand for a third term.

Bélisle was born and raised in Hull, received a BA in Journalism from the University of Ottawa and an MA in Journalistic Studies from Carleton University.

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