The Official Opposition unveils its spokespersons

Montreal, November 29, 2021 – The Leader of the Official Opposition at Montreal City Hall, Mr. Aref Salem, today announced the members of his caucus who will act as spokespersons, as well as the responsibilities assigned to the elected members of his party.

With 12 years of experience in municipal politics, Chantal Rossi will assume the role of party leader in council. She will be assisted by Ms. Alba Stella Zúñiga Ramos, a lawyer by training and City Councillor for Louis-Riel District, who will act as Deputy Leader. Regarding the party, Mr. Benoit Langevin, City Councillor for the District of Bois-de-Liesse since 2017, will chair the Ensemble Montréal caucus while Ms. Stéphanie Valenzuela, elected City Councillor for the District of Darlington, will serve as Vice-Chair.

“I am very proud to see a mix of experience and youth at the helm of the Official Opposition and the Ensemble Montréal caucus. Chantal, Alba, Benoit and Stéphanie have an excellent grasp of municipal issues and are not afraid to take the lead in defending the interests of Montrealers. With them, both the caucus and the party will be in good hands,” Salem said.

While Montreal is faced with several major challenges, Ensemble Montréal expects the Plante administration to live up to its responsibilities regarding public security, housing, and homelessness as well as rigorously manage the finances of the City of Montreal in order to give it the means to meet its ambitions. In recent years, Projet Montréal has repeatedly blamed other levels of government. The Official Opposition will make sure that the ruling party assumes its leadership role, implements its commitments and seriously considers the proposals by elected officials of Ensemble Montréal in order to advance municipal matters.

“Gaining the trust of Montrealers is one thing and knowing how to represent them with dignity is another. Our political party, made up of experienced, attentive, pragmatic, hard-working and empathetic elected representatives, will be equal to the mandate it has been given. I have full confidence in their ability to collaborate with the administration while taking it to task when necessary to better respond to citizens’ concerns,” added Aref Salem.  

Members of the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet and their respective responsibilities include:

Aref SalemOfficial Opposition Leader
Chantal RossiLeader, Universal Accessibility, French language, Culture, Design, Space for Life and Heritage
Alba Zúñiga RamosDeputy Leader, Active Transportation, BIXI, Self-Service Vehicles (SSV), Youth and Legal Affairs
Benoit LangevinCaucus Chair, Combating Poverty and Homelessness, Family Policy, and Reconciliation
Stéphanie ValenzuelaCaucus Vice-Chair, Environment, Sustainable Development, Diversity and Equality
Abdelhaq SariPublic Safety, Combating Racism and Systemic Discrimination, and Information Technology
Alan DeSousaFinance and Human Resources
Angela GentileBusiness Development
Catherine Clément-TalbotSeniors
Christine BlackPublic Transit and Mobility
Dimitrios (Jim) BeisUrban Planning, Sports and Physical Activity, 311/Customer Experience, Snow Removal and Procurement
Dominic PerriWater and Road Infrastructures, Electrical Services Commission, Rolling Stock
Effie GiannouCouncil Vice-Chair
Giovanni RapanàInternational Relations
Josué CorvilLibraries and Intercultural Relations
Julien Hénault-RatelleEconomic Development
Laurent DesboisAnimal Control and Cleanliness, Co-spokesperson, Finance and Human Resources
Mary DerosIntegration of Newcomers
Michel BissonnetGovernment Relations
Sonny MorozHousing, Participatory Democracy and Organizational Evaluation
Stéphane CôtéLarge Parks and Greening
Vana NazarianWork-life/remote working balance and Communications
Alain WilsonCo-spokesperson, Sports and Physical Activity
Annie GagnierCo-spokesperson, Housing and Urban Planning
Arij El KorbiCo-spokesperson, Combating Racism and Systemic Discrimination, Water and Road Infrastructures , and Rolling Stock
Caroline BraunCo-spokesperson, Reconciliation, Legal Affairs, Procurement, Participatory Democracy, International and Government Relations, Work-family/remote working balance and Organizational Evaluation
Chahi TarakjianCo-spokesperson, Business Development
Danielle MyrandCo-spokesperson, Family Policy, Gender Diversity and Equality
Jacques CohenCo-spokesperson, 311/Customer Experience, Snow Removal, Animal Control and Cleanliness
Jean-Marc PoirierCo-spokesperson, Economic Development
Louise LerouxCo-spokesperson, Public Transit, Mobility and Homelessness
Marie PotvinCo-spokesperson, Libraries, Design and Space for Life
Nathalie Pierre-AntoineCo-spokesperson, Contaminated Soil Management, Waste, and Air Quality
Philippe ThermidorCo-spokesperson, Youth, French language, Integration of Newcomers and Intercultural Relations
Richard BélangerCo-spokesperson, Bureau of Ecological Transition and Resilience, Climate Change, Large Parks and Greening
Suzanne De LarochellièreCo-spokesperson, Public Safety, Heritage, Communications, and Information Technology
Suzanne MarceauCo-spokesperson, Universal Accessibility and Seniors

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