Ulverton by-elections following resignations

By Geoff Agombar – Local Journalism Initiative
Ulverton by-elections following resignations

Just 100 days after last November’s municipal elections, Ulverton (population 418) is accepting candidates for three open seats after the mayor and two councillors resigned in less than a month.

The by-election is scheduled for Apr. 3. Candidacy papers can be submitted until 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 25.
France Bouthillette, elected mayor by acclamation on Nov. 7, resigned her position at a special council meeting on Dec. 17, just five days before the 2022 budget was approved.

Bouthillette had previously served one term in the Councillor #2 position. Her successor in that seat, Marie Gervais, was named interim mayor and presided over special sessions on Dec. 21 to pass a $1M budget for 2022 and 3-year infrastructure plan ($447,000 in Year 1, $331,000 in Year 2, $328,000 in Year 3).

The town’s December letter to citizens, Info Ulverton, included holiday wishes and tables of the new 2022 budget and infrastructure plan, but made no mention of the mayoral resignation that preceded their passage.

Jacques Poliquin attended the Dec. 21 special sessions and voted in unanimity on the budgetary motions, but five days later submitted a resignation letter on Dec. 26. Poliquin was an incumbent councillor re-elected to seat #1 by acclamation in November. His resignation was announced at the next council meeting on Jan. 10.
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