NDP candidate to run for Ward 5 in Chelsea, Que

Residents of Chelsea, Quebec Ward 5 will be getting a savvy campaigner and strong bilingual candidate for the upcoming municipal elections.

Former federal NDP candidate Celine Brault will be seeking the seat recently made vacant by long-time councillor Claude Gervais.

Brault teaches French and science, primarily to sixth-graders, at Chelsea Elementary. The mother of two has lived in Farm Point since 1990 and is still the NDP’s riding association president in Pontiac.

Brault said there are some very important issues in her ward and throughout Chelsea that she looks forward to discussing with residents, including the Farm Point sewer system and the Meredith Centre.

“One issue very dear to my heart is affordable housing for seniors,” Brault said, pointing out that Ward 5 has many single, fixed-income seniors who are concerned about taxation and being able to grow old with dignity in their own community.

Gervais had actively courted Brault as his replacement, saying he “had her in sight for a while.” The outgoing councillor said he thought Brault shared his vision and was interested in helping people. When running for the last federal election, Brault proved to be an impressive campaigner, and succeeded in bringing up the NDP vote in this riding to a record level.

“I will be supporting her all the way,” said Gervais.