Montreal's R.D.P. borough to elect new councillor

12/31/1969 07:00 EST | Updated 01/11/2013 05:12 EST
Montreal's municipal parties are bracing to find out the results of the partial election in Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles.

Polls opened at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday to elect a replacement for Marie Calderone, who resigned from her position in June.

Calderone was a member of Union Montréal, the former Montreal mayor's party.

Amid the high tension at city council, the partial election is considered to be a test for the three parties.

On Tuesday, Gérald Tremblay stepped down from his position as mayor after being accused of taking kickbacks during a testimony at the province's corruption inquiry.

Friday, Michael Applebaum, chair of the city's executive committee, stepped down from his role claiming his colleagues had hidden a report about price inflations on public works projects.

Leader of Projet Montréal Richard Bergeron said "what we need now is to regain the trust of Montrealers. The byelection in Rivière-des-Prairies could be an important turn."

Louise Harel, leader of Vision Montréal, announced Saturday she would deposit a formal request for the said "hidden" document before the access to information commission.

Nino Colavecchio of Union Montréal, Cindy Leclerc of Vision Montréal and Nathalie Pierre-Antoine of Projet Montréal are running for election in the district.

Polling stations close at 8 p.m.