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The reshuffle of Mayor Valérie Plante's executive committee aims to speed up things in the field of construction and better support tenants. (Archive photo)

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Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante unveiled the new composition of her executive committee on Thursday, placing Luc Rabouin at the head of a “facilitating unit” to accelerate the construction of housing and better support tenants.

Mayor Plante appointed Luc Rabouin as president of the executive committee on November 13, following the resignation of Dominique Ollivier. He remains in this position and will lead a special team whose mandate is to accelerate construction, develop strategic lands and better support tenants.

Benoit Dorais, for his part, remains responsible for the real estate strategy, which consists of acquiring strategic land with a view to accelerating the construction of social and affordable housing.

The executive committee created a position dedicated to the health and protection of the rental stock, a position entrusted to Despina Sourias. The Plante administration affirms in a press release that it wants to tackle head-on the intolerable problem of apartments that are not occupied.

Robert Beaudry is entrusted with the issue of homelessness, he who is a councilor in Ville-Marie, a district particularly affected by this problem with vulnerable sectors such as the Latin Quarter and the Village.

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The mayor of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Gracia Kasoki Katahwa, joins the executive committee to deal with human resources, the fight against racism and systemic discrimination. She will also deal with the issue of reconciliation with indigenous peoples.

The mayor of Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension, Laurence Lavigne-Lalonde, becomes responsible for the large parks, Mont-Royal and Parc Jean-Drapeau and therefore rejoins the executive committee. She sat there in 2021, when she was a councilor in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

The other members of the executive committee are:

Éric Alan Caldwell, who was a member of the executive committee, will now devote himself to the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), of which he chairs the board of directors ;administration.

With information from Benoît Chapdelaine

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