West Island women running for mayor
Voting day in this year's municipal elections is November 3.
And from the looks of it, more women, at least in the West Island, are running for the top spot compared to previous years.
Four women are mayoralty candidates in Baie d'Urfé, Beaconsfield, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue and Senneville, the first time that Ste-Anne councillor Paola Hawa says she has seen such a trend. She's running for the mayor's job in her city.
"I think it means that women are finally entering the political sphere. I find it very, very exciting," Hawa said, adding she has no illusions about it.
"Oh, without a doubt, the boy's club is definitely still predominant but I think women are still making headway."
Maria Tutino is seeking re-election in Baie d'Urfé, councillor Rhonda Massad is going for the mayor's position in Beaconsfield, and Jane Guest, president of SAVE ( “Senneville As a Village Environment") is running for mayor in Senneville.
"It's great to have women running for mayor," said Monique Worth, who has been mayor of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough for 12 years, a city councillor for 23 years, and the first woman politician there in 1990. Worth, who is not running for re-election this year, admitted it was a challenge for her back then.
"Unfortunately, you have to prove that you can decide things and you can make things and you can manage, and that sometimes is a little hard for the men to accept," Worth told CJAD 800 News.
Hawa said this trend is encouraging for the younger generation.
"Really, the sky's the limit for us."