Several municipalities in the Canadian province of Quebec held municipal elections to elect mayors and councillors on November 3, 1985.
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Quebec is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is bordered to the west by the province of Ontario and the bodies of water James Bay and Hudson Bay; to the north by Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay; to the east by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; and to the south by the province of New Brunswick and the U.S. states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. It also shares maritime borders with Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. Quebec is Canada's largest province by area and its second-largest administrative division; only the territory of Nunavut is larger. It is historically and politically considered to be part of Central Canada.
Municipal elections were not held in Montreal, Quebec's largest city, in this electoral cycle. The previous municipal election in Montreal took place in 1982 and the next was scheduled for 1986.
Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.
Former Liberal Party of Canada Member of Parliament (MP) Raymond Savard was elected to his first term as mayor in the on-island Montreal suburb of Verdun, narrowly defeating Georges Bossé in a crowded field. Bossé's Municipal Action Party won six seats on council, as opposed to only four for Savard's Verdun Citizens' Movement. Former Liberal cabinet minister Bryce Mackasey was defeated in his bid for a council seat.
The Liberal Party of Canada is the oldest and longest-serving governing political party in Canada. The Liberals form the current government, elected in 2015. The party has dominated federal politics for much of Canada's history, holding power for almost 69 years in the 20th century—more than any other party in a developed country—and as a result, it is sometimes referred to as Canada's "natural governing party".
Bryce Stuart Mackasey, was a Canadian Member of Parliament, Cabinet minister, and Ambassador to Portugal.
One of the leading issues in this election was the proposed annexation of Verdun into the city of Montreal. The Verdun Unity Party supported this position and was rejected at the polls; all of the party's candidates, including three incumbent councillors, were defeated. Incumbent councillor Robert Filiatraut was re-elected as a candidate of the Verdun Anti-Annexation Party. Nuns' Island (Division 1) was an outlier in this election, with a pro-annexation independent candidate winning an overwhelming victory.
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Party colours in the results listed below have been randomly chosen and do not indicate affiliation with or resemblance to any municipal, provincial, or federal party.
|Electoral District||Position||Total valid votes||Candidates|
|Parti d'action municipale|
(Municipal Action Party)
|Parti de l'Unité de Verdun|
(Verdun Unity Party)
|Regroupement des Citoyens de Verdun|
(Verdun Citizens' Movement)
|Parti contre l'annexion de Verdun|
(Verdun Anti-Annexation Party)
|Parti civique de Verdun|
(Verdun Civic Party)
|Mayor||24,522|| Georges Bossé |
| Robert Liboiron|
| Raymond Savard |
| Maurice Trudeau|
| Robert Mailhot|
| Eddy Vigneau|
|District 1||City councillor||2,142|| André Lecocq|
| Richard Lamontagne|
| Jean-Pierre Mailhot|
| Arthur Benarroch|
Danielle D. Hébert
André Claude Gagnier
|District 2||City councillor||1,992|| Jacques Lauzon|
| Jean-Paul Leblanc|
| Claudette Gauthier|
| Réjean Lacoste (incumbent)|
|District 3||City councillor||1,956|| Raymond Burnett|
| Pierre Paquette|
| Frank Renzo|
| Robert Filiatraut (incumbent)|
| Daniel Bertrand|
|District 4||City councillor||2,054|| Jocelyn Beauvais|
| Nicole Brault-Greco|
| Paul Beaupré|
| Alain Tassé |
| Gilbert Léger|
|District 5||City councillor||1,879|| Louis Leblanc|
| Jean-Paul Paquette (incumbent)|
| Richard St-Amour|
| Marcel Bourassa|
| Mary MacNaughton|
| Marc Vaillancourt|
|District 6||City councillor||1,985|| Laurent Dugas |
| Yvon Bernier (incumbent)|
| Jules Provost|
| Réal Lapierre|
| Carmen Goedike|
|District 7||City councillor||2,211|| Claude Ravary|
| Jean-Paul Belisle (incumbent)|
| Johanne Côté|
| Réjean Dugas|
| Lucien Richard|
|District 8||City councillor||1,603|| Jeannine Trainor|
| Jean-Paul Richard|
| Elliot Goldsborough|
| Charles Sylvestre|
| Jean Letourneau|
|District 9||City councillor||2,028|| Marcel H. Girard|
| Pauline Charpentier|
| Jocelyn Théroux-Méager|
| Geneviève Dugas|
| Eric Hill|
|District 10||City councillor||2,210|| Robert Noël DeTilly|
| Marcel Brisebois|
| Maurice Couturier|
| Bryce Mackasey |
| Bernard Deschamps|
|District 11||City councillor||2,511|| Suzanne Dunne|
| Ralph Damato|
| Robert Blanchette|
| Odette Gloutnay|
| Manon Mosseau|
|District 12||City councillor||1,876|| Jacqueline Quinn|
| Gerald Patrick O'Reilly|
| John Gallagher|
| Richard Archambault|
| Arthur Wilsher|
Source: "Final results for Verdun, Hudson, Montreal East," Montreal Gazette, 5 November 1985, A6.
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