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Russell Copeman

Russell Copeman
Borough mayor of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Assumed office
November 14, 2013
Preceded by Lionel Perez (interim)
MNA for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
In office
September 12, 1994 – October 22, 2008
Preceded by Gordon Atkinson
Succeeded by Kathleen Weil
Personal details
Born (1960-04-01) April 1, 1960
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Coalition Montréal (municipal)
Quebec Liberal Party (provincial)
Alma mater McGill University,
Concordia University

Russell Copeman (born April 1, 1960 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian politician. He is a Montreal City Councillor and the borough mayor for Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace. He also sits on the Montreal Executive Committee, and is responsible for housing, urban planning, buildings, real estate transactions and strategies, and the Office of Public Consultation.

He was the Liberal Member of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNA) representing the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce from 1994 to 2008.


He graduated from Vanier College and received a Bachelor of Arts with honours in political science from McGill University in 1983. While at McGill, in 1982 he was the Prime Minister of the Parlement Jeunesse du Québec, then known as the Quebec Youth Parliament.[1] He attended Concordia University in 1984 where he pursued graduate studies in public administration.

Provincial politics

From 1986 to 1988, he was the Assistant Director of the Education Program, Director of Social Affairs and Director of the Education Program for Alliance Quebec.

In 1989, he was the political aide to the Minister of Energy and Resources. From 1989 to 1991, he was the Quebec Liberal Party coordinator and from 1991 to 1994 he was the constituency assistant to former Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa.

In the 1994 election, he was elected to the National Assembly in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. He was re-elected in the 1998, 2003 and 2007 elections. He was chair of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs from June 2003 to February 2007. He was the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Social Services. Active in National Assembly relations with the United States he was the 2007 Chairman of the Council of State Government's Eastern Regional Conference.

Copeman resigned on October 22, 2008 after accepting a job as Associate Vice-President at Concordia University.[2]

Montreal municipal politics

Copeman ran as a candidate for Coalition Montréal as part of the November 3, 2013 municipal election and was elected to Montreal City Council as borough mayor of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. On November 18, 2013, he was appointed to the Montreal Executive Committee by Mayor Denis Coderre, on which he is responsible for housing, urban planning, buildings, real estate transactions and strategies, and the Office of Public Consultation.[3]

Personal life

He is married and has three children.

Electoral record (partial)

Montreal municipal election, 2013: Borough Mayor, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Coalition Montréal Russell Copeman 10,482 29.42
Projet Montréal Michael Simkin 9,348 26.24 +0.23
Vrai changement Andrew Ross 7,918 22.22
Équipe Denis Coderre Kevin Copps 7,880 22.12
Total valid votes 35,628 97.23
Total rejected ballots 1,014 2.77
Turnout 36,642 38.74 +2.65
Electors on the lists 94,587
Source: Election results, 2013, City of Montreal.
Quebec general election, 2007: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Russell Copeman 14,077 61.43 -13.16
Green Peter McQueen 3,605 15.73 +11.15
     Parti Québécois Sophie Fréchette 2,425 10.58 -3.07
     Action démocratique Julie Clouatre 1,649 7.20 +2.37
     Québec solidaire David Mandel 1,091 4.76 -
Marxist–Leninist Linda Sullivan 69 0.30 +0.02
Total valid votes 22,916 99.41
Rejected and declined votes 137 0.59
Turnout 23,053 58.52 -3.28
Electors on the lists 39,392


  1. ^ Parlement Jeunesse du Québec
  2. ^ LCN Mise à jour : 22 October 2008
  3. ^ "Composition du comité exécutif - Un nouveau chapitre pour Montréal".  

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