The Duplessis era in Vaudreuil-Dorion has ended.
Guylène Duplessis, who has served as a councillor since 1998, bade a tearful farewell to residents at Monday night’s council meeting.
Duplessis, who handled many important human resources files for the city, including pay equity, said she was leaving politics, and the city, and moving to the Eastern Townships to fulfill familial obligations.
“I loved working with two mayors and a council that changed a lot since I started,” she said in her address.
Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon thanked Duplessis for her service on behalf of citizens.
“And I hope we’ll see you around from time to time,” she said.
“I’m not just leaving a job as a councillor, I’m leaving a circle of friends and a way of life,” she told reporters after the meeting. “As a councillor, you get to have a lot of contact with citizens. I worked hard, but it was great. The first few years, when we calculated how much we were working, we figured we earned $5 per hour.”
Since the next election is only 10 months away, her seat will remain unfilled until November’s genral election.