Anthony Housefather was officially acclaimed as the Liberal party’s candidate in the riding of Mount Royal for the 2019 federal election.
The former mayor of Côte-St-Luc, Que., Housefather was first elected to Parliament in 2015.
“It has been an honour to serve the people of Mount Royal as their MP. I hope to be given the opportunity to continue serving the people of this great riding,” Housefather said at the nomination meeting on Aug. 16, which was held at the Dollar Cinema in Décarie Square.
Speeches endorsing Housefather were given by former Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler, Mont-Royal MNA and Treasury Board President Pierre Arcand, D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum, former MNA Lawrence Bergman, Town of Mount Royal Mayor Philippe Roy, Côte-St-Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, Montreal Coun. Marvin Rotrand and Hampstead Coun. Warren Budning, on behalf of Hampstead Mayor Bill Steinberg.
Over 350 supporters were present for what was also a volunteer appreciation event.
“Anthony is an outstanding member of Parliament, responding to the concerns of the residents of our city and to the needs of Côte-St-Luc,” said Brownstein. “You know you can always rely on Anthony to stand up for what he believes in. He is a trusted leader who is one of the hardest-working people I know.”
Rotrand said that, “Anthony has built bridges between ethnic and racial groups, and spoken with strength and determination in the House of Commons against intolerance, discrimination and hate.”
In his statement, Steinberg said Housefather has been “an outstanding MP, one who stays very close to his constituents, to me and the other elected officials in Mount Royal riding. He is incredibly hard-working and has done an excellent job as head of the justice committee.”
Anthony has built bridges between ethnic and racial groups.
– Marvin Rotrand
Housefather was happy to have the support of so many local politicians.
“Having the support of my local colleagues is incredibly important to me,” he said. “As a former mayor and councillor, I know the importance of having the local MP responsive to the needs of elected officials at the provincial and municipal levels, where we work together on files that transcend jurisdictions.”
Housefather is chair of the standing committee on justice and human rights and an executive member of the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.
Housefather won the 2015 election by around 6,000 votes, defeating his closest opponent, Conservative candidate Robert Libman, who captured just under 38 per cent of the vote.