France Belisle elected new mayor of Gatineau
OTTAWA – France BÃ©lisle 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., BÃ©lisle 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-FranÃ§ois Leblanc was third with 15 percent.
Jacques Lemay, RÃ©mi Bergeron and Abdelhak Lekbabi are also candidates for mayor in the municipal elections on Monday.
âThank you Gatineau,â BÃ©lisle 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 BÃ©lisle in French.
BÃ©lisle’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.
BÃ©lisle 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.