Beaconsfield has always been a very politically engaged community. With municipal elections on November 7, 2021, the race has already begun to heat up. Long-time resident, Johanne Hudon-Armstrong, has thrown her hat in the ring for the Mayor's seat. While she may appear to be a political newbie, that is not entirely true as the parent, businesswoman and well-known community activist is no stranger to politics, having grown up as the daughter of the Mayor of Chicoutimi North.
Armstrong believes in the power of a united community and puts her money where her mouth is. Active in local charities such as Ricochet Homeless Shelter, Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation and the bi-annual Neighbours for Neighbours Food Drive, this candidate will be a sore spot for the 78-year-old incumbent, George(s) Bourelle. The latter is finishing up his second term as Mayor of the city. The strong-willed senior is known to be less than compassionate when residents have descending views.
Photo: Hudson-Armstrong is a community activist and has been involved with the Neighbours for Neighbours bi-annual food drive since the inception 8 years ago.
"I would like to see a welcoming atmosphere in city hall," Armstrong stated in an interview with the West Island News. " I want to hear what residents have to say in public meetings. It is the only way elected officials can truly serve the residents. It's not about me; it's about the citizens."
Armstrong's platform can be seen on her website, and she dedicated to her door-to-door campaign. The engaged candidate is offering residents virtual meetings should they feel more comfortable during this unique global climate. She has held two Town Hall style meetings to date.