Judy Grant’s twenty years in municipal politics make her ideally suited to represent the riding of Pontiac in the House of Commons. She is respected as a tireless campaigner on behalf of her constituents, and as someone who will not stop until she has succeeded in finding solutions to the problem at hand.
As Mayor of Chelsea, Quebec from 1987 – 2001, Judy led the rural municipality through a sustained period of balanced economic growth. A strong proponent of health and environmental issues, Judy made national news when Chelsea became just the second municipality in Canada to ban cosmetic pesticide use on lawns.
Timely and universally accessible health care is another issue that is close to Judy’s heart. She has actively served on many health boards in the region, including the Centre d’accueil de la Basse Gatineau, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Gatineau Memorial Hospital, and the Ottawa Heart Institute. In recognition of her in-depth knowledge of healthcare delivery, this past year the Québec government appointed her as a member Provincial Committee on the Dispensing of Health and Social Services in the English Language.
Judy also believes that rural municipalities must have their fair share of employment, economic development and adequate public transportation. She has played a significant role on these issues over the years during her terms with the Union des municipalités régionales de comté du Québec, the Outaouais Economic Council, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Société de Transport de l’Outaouais, and the Société locale d’investissement dans le développement de l’emploi de la MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, and as Commissioner of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais.
As a volunteer, Judy has been an active member of Lions Clubs International for the past 17 years. Not one to be held back by gender stereotypes or “glass ceilings”, Judy was also the first ever female Lions Clubs International District Governor in Canada and the first female Council Chairman in the world of Lions Clubs International.
A former “Who’s who of Canadian Women” and Chelsea’s Citizen of the Year, Judy lives on the beautiful Gatineau River with her husband Norman, a retired firefighter, and their dog Molly. She has four grown children, and five grandchildren.
Campaign Office (Main): Chelsea Plaza, 528 Route 105, Local “B”, Chelsea, QC J9B 1LZ, (819) 827-2252