|Montreal City Councillor for Louis-Riel ward|
|In office |
|Preceded by||Lyn Thériault|
|Succeeded by||Lyn Thériault|
|Montreal City Councillor for Maisonneuve ward|
|In office |
|Preceded by||Nathalie Malépart|
|Succeeded by||position abolished|
Richer Dompierre (born July 28, 1957) is a politician in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He served on the Montreal city council from 1998 to 2009, initially as a member of Vision Montreal (VM) and later for the rival Union Montreal (UM).
Early life and private career
Dompierre was born in Montreal and has worked in the printing sector since 1979. As of 2011, is the publisher of "Qui est qui du Québec" (English: "Who's who in Quebec").
Dompierre was first elected to the Montreal city council in 1998 as a Vision Montreal candidate in the east-end division of Maisonneuve. VM won a landslide majority in this election under Pierre Bourque's leadership; after the election, Bourque appointed Dompierre as an associate member of the Montreal executive committee (i.e., the municipal cabinet) with responsibility for economic development. In the 2001 municipal election, Dompierre promised that Bourque's administration would provide special renovation incentives for Ste. Catherine Street businesses in his ward.
Gérald Tremblay's Montreal Island Citizens Union (MICU) defeated Vision Montreal in the 2001 election. Dompierre was re-elected in Maisonneuve and served as a member of the official opposition; he also became a member of the newly created Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough council. In 2003, he filed a police complaint alleging that fellow Vision Montreal councillor Ivon Le Duc attacked him during a heated borough council debate over the removal of a Jean-Paul Riopelle sculpture. The chief crown prosecutor confirmed there was enough evidence to charge Le Duc with assault, but ultimately no charges were laid and Le Duc instead took part in a program that allowed for the non-judicial treatment of certain infractions.
Dompierre was narrowly re-elected over fellow councillor Nicolas Tétrault in the 2005 municipal election; the electoral office initially showed Tétrault elected by twelve votes, but a more thorough scrutiny confirmed Dompierre as the winner. The following year, he was the only VM councillor to support an unsuccessful plan to rename Montreal's Park Avenue and Bleury Street area after former Quebec premier Robert Bourassa. He left Vision Montreal to join Tremblay's party (by this time renamed as Union Montreal) in June 2008. In the 2009 municipal election, he was defeated by VM candidate Lyn Thériault.
Dompierre ran as a Liberal Party candidate in the 2003 Quebec provincial election in the east-end Montreal division of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. He finished second against Parti Québécois incumbent Louise Harel.
- Carole Le Hirez, "Richer Dompierre candidat du PLQ dans Hochelaga-Maisonneuve", macommunaute.ca, accessed 7 November 2011; Biographie: Dompierre, Richer, Qui est qui du Québec, accessed 7 November 2011.
- Aaron Derfel, "Mayor taps Fortier as chairman: Executive committee is experienced," Montreal Gazette, 13 November 1998, A3; "MemberWorks Inaugurates It's New Call Centre - An Investment of $6.7 million creating more than 150 new jobs," Canada NewsWire, 7 June 2000, p. 1.
- Paul Cherry, "Pride meets poverty: Ste. Catherine St. E. merchants seek relief from stricken economy Series: Megavote," Montreal Gazette, 10 October 2001, A6.
- Graeme Hamilton, "Riopelle sculpture sparks Montreal council dust-up: Moving La Joute," National Post, 29 January 2003, A3.
- Linda Gyulai, "Veteran city councillor quits Vision Montreal," Montreal Gazette, 19 February 2003, A7.
- Andy Riga, "New winners declared in two boroughs," Montreal Gazette, 9 November 2005, A1.
- Linda Gyulai, "Party solidarity ends at Park Ave.", Montreal Gazette, 15 November 2006, A1; Linda Gyulai, "No Walk in the Park," Montreal Gazette, 29 November 2006, A1.
- Linda Gyulai, "Experts are divided on benefits to Montreal; Historic moment or contradiction?", Montreal Gazette, 17 March 2008, A3.
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