Outgoing Pointe-Claire mayor John Belvedere is making one final grasp to retain his seat.
The one-term mayor is hoping to increase his place as chief govt of the West Island metropolis and has filed an official request for a vote recount.
Challenger Tim Thomas received the election on November seventh by 61 votes out of 9,877 legitimate casted ballots.
“It’s nonetheless numerous votes. I’m assured with it. It’s numerous votes to seek out fault with,” Thomas instructed International Information from his vintage store on Cartier Avenue.
The enterprise proprietor was speculated to be sworn in as mayor on November twelfth however that political course of is on maintain whereas a Quebec courtroom choose evaluates whether or not or not there may be sufficient proof to advantage a recount.
“It’s actually unfair to me. I’ve to maintain a enterprise operating within the meantime, and I’ve to schedule all my product and what I’m doing in keeping with what’s taking place to me now,” Thomas mentioned.
Belvedere declined an interview request from International Information. However in a textual content message, he wrote, “All I’ve to say is that we’ve got filed a request for a recount at this level.”
Belvedere was elected in 2017 and hoped to be re-elected.
A 3rd candidate, Lois Butler, completed in third. The election marketing campaign was one of the crucial acrimonious election races for mayor between two front-runners she has witnessed in years.
“It hasn’t been a nice marketing campaign. Let’s put it that method, and I believe the entire group has seen that,” Butler instructed International Information from her boutique on Lakeshore Street.
The boutique proprietor received’t say what final result she needs to see. She is going to let the authorized system work that out.
“Regardless of the votes present,” she mentioned.
It’s unclear if a choose will render a call to order a recount. For now, the subsequent council assembly, scheduled November sixteenth, will doubtless be presided over by a metropolis councillor.
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