Kettly Beauregard

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Kettly Beauregard
Montreal City Councillor for Marie-Victorin
In office
Preceded by Réal Charest
Succeeded by Pierre Bourque
Associate Member of the Montreal Executive Committee responsible for Cultural Relations
In office
Succeeded by Helen Fotopulos[1]
Chair of the Montreal Urban Community's Public Security Committee
In office
Preceded by Peter Yeomans
Succeeded by Claire St-Arnaud

Kettly Beauregard is a politician in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She served on the Montreal city council from 1994 to 2001, representing Marie-Victorin as a member of Vision Montreal. She has also sought election to the House of Commons of Canada and the National Assembly of Quebec. Beauregard was the first black city councillor in Montreal's history.[2]

Early life and career

Beauregard was born to a middle class family in Haiti and was raised in the affluent suburban community of Pétion-Ville. She moved to Canada in 1972 and later received a degree in Political Science from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1981).[3] From 1990 to 1994, she was the leader of Service d'aide communautaire, providing social services in the Côte-des-Neiges area.[4]

City councillor

First term

Beauregard was first elected to city council in the 1994 municipal election, as the co-listed candidate with Vision Montreal party leader Pierre Bourque in Marie-Victorin. As Bourque was elected in the mayoral contest, she assumed the council seat.[5] A few days after her election, she was quoted as saying, "I was accepted in a district that is 80 per cent Québécois. By doing that, Quebec society made a statement. People accepted me to be their spokesman. I'm very proud of that. But work is needed on both sides. Cultural communities also have to try to get to know the other side." She added that Montreal police officers needed to become more aware of cultural communities in the city and to reject negative cultural stereotypes.[6]

Vision Montreal won a majority government in this election, and Beauregard initially served as a backbench supporter of the Bourque administration on council. In late November 1994, she was appointed to chair the Montreal Urban Community's public security committee, which was responsible for overseeing police services. She indicated that one of her priorities would be improving relations between the police and cultural communities, saying that more understanding was needed on both sides.[7] Police chief Jacques Duchesneau said he was pleased with Beauregard's appointment.[8]

In April 1995, Beauregard criticized a group of Montreal officers for having taken pictures of nine black students from the Little Burgundy neighbourhood for use in police lineups without having sought parental permission. She added, however, that the action was not racist but instead resulted from a cultural misunderstanding.[9] The latter statement was criticized by some in Montreal's black community.[10]

Beauregard supported Duchesneau's plan to introduce community policing to Montreal.[11] In 1996, she disagreed with fellow councillor Marvin Rotrand's charge that Montreal police were resorting too frequently to the use of pepper spray.[12]

In November 1996, Beauregard argued that responsibility for complaints about racism in the police force should be taken from the Comité de déontologie policière (Quebec Police Ethics Committee) and given to police station directors. She argued that the committee was being burdened with too many minor complaints.[13]

Beauregard was appointed as an associate member of the Montreal executive committee (i.e., the municipal cabinet) on February 6, 1997, with responsibility for cultural relations.[14] At the same time, she was appointed to Montreal's committees on urban planning and finance & economic development.[15] She stood down as chair of the public security committee on February 19, 1997.[16]

During Vision Montreal's internal party crisis of 1997, Beauregard was known as a staunch Bourque loyalist.

Second term

Beauregard was re-elected in the 1998 municipal election, once again running as a co-listed candidate with Bourque, who was elected to a second term as mayor. She continued to serve as an associate member of the executive committee with responsibility for cultural relations.[17]

In March 2000, Beauregard and fellow Vision councillor Sonya Biddle accompanied Bourque on a somewhat controversial trip to Trinidad and Tobago. City officials contended that the trip was intended as research on the organization of summer carnivals, while critics alleged it was simply a junket undertaken for political purposes.[18]

Beauregard ran as Bourque's co-listed candidate for a third time in the 2001 municipal election. She was once again elected, but Bourque was defeated in the mayoral contest; under municipal election rules, he received the council seat in her place.[19] Beauregard initially accepted this decision, but she later criticized Bourque's decision to resign as opposition leader and run for the provincial Action démocratique du Québec party.[20] In 2003, she called for the co-listing of mayoral and council candidates to be abolished.[21] She also launched a lawsuit against Bourque, charging him with reneging on an oral contract to pay her $57,000 per year as an assistant; she lost the case in a January 2006 ruling.[22]

Since 2001

Beauregard ran as a Parti Québécois (PQ) candidate in Bourassa-Sauvé in the 2003 Quebec provincial election and finished a distant second against Liberal Line Beauchamp.

Beauregard contested the 2005 Montreal municipal election as an independent candidate for council against Pierre Bourque; she finished third, after a campaign that she described as the nastiest of her career.[23] She tried to return to council as a Projet Montréal candidate in a September 2006 by-election, this time finishing a close second.[24]

In a 2010 news article, Beauregard was listed as working for a coordinating committee for Montreal's Haitian community.[25]

Beauregard ran for the House of Commons of Canada in the 2011 federal election as a candidate of the Liberal Party of Canada in Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie. During this election, she informed a surprised interviewer that she was still a member of the Parti Québécois at the provincial level; she explained that not all PQ members are supporters of Quebec separatism.[26] On election, day, she finished third against New Democratic Party candidate Alexandre Boulerice.

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2011: Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Alexandre Boulerice 27,484 51.00 $34,354
Bloc Québécois Bernard Bigras (incumbent) 17,702 32.84 $75,138
Liberal Kettly Beauregard 4,920 9.13 $11,976
Conservative Sébastien Forté 2,328 4.32 $5,770
Green Sameer Muldeen 899 1.67 none listed
Rhinoceros Jean-Patrick Berthiaume 417 0.77 $450
Marxist–Leninist Stéphane Chénier 140 0.26 none listed
Total valid votes 53,890 100.00
Total rejected ballots 589
Turnout 54,479 66.47
Electors on the lists 81,961
Source: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Quebec general election, 2003: Bourassa-Sauvé
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Line Beauchamp (incumbent) 20,175 61.07
Parti Québécois Kettly Beauregard 8,243 24.95
Action démocratique Michelle Allaire 3,771 11.42
Green Francis Mallette 327 0.99
     Ind. (Communist) (UFP ally) Sylvain Archambault 261 0.79
Christian Democracy Denis Gagné 119 0.36
Marxist–Leninist Claude Brunelle 94 0.28
Equality Boris Mospan 44 0.13
Total valid votes 33,034 100.00
Total rejected ballots 573
Turnout 33,607 64.22
Electors 52,332
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Montreal municipal by-election results, 24 September 2006: Councillor, Marie-Victorin
2005 Montreal municipal election results: Councillor, Marie-Victorin
2001 Montreal municipal election results: Councillor, Marie-Victorin
1998 Montreal municipal election results: Councillor, Marie-Victorin
1994 Montreal municipal election results: Councillor, Marie-Victorin


  1. ^ Fotopulos was a full member of the executive committee, designated with responsibility for Cultural Communities.
  2. ^ Ingrid Peritz, "Most anglo councillors in opposition; But concerns will be heard at city hall, veteran Boskey says," Montreal Gazette, 8 November 1994, A1.
  3. ^ Michelle Lalonde, "Four main mayoral candidates vow to oppose language debate; Municipal Elections Montreal," Montreal Gazette, 24 October 1994, A1; Ingrid Peritz, "All eyes on trailblazer; Much expected of first non-white elected to city council," Montreal Gazette, 10 November 1994, A1; Canada Votes 2011: Ridings: Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, accessed 28 August 2013.
  4. ^ Irwin Block, "Battle to revive city starts now: Bourque; Vision Montreal presents 49 candidates," Montreal Gazette, 17 September 1994, A3; "Black candidates in municipal fray," Community Contact, 31 October 1994, p. 16.
  5. ^ Beauregard received an endorsement from the Montreal Gazette newspaper in this election. See "Council needs strong voices" [editorial], Montreal Gazette, 2 November 1994, B2.
  6. ^ Ingrid Peritz, "All eyes on trailblazer; Much expected of first non-white elected to city council," Montreal Gazette, 10 November 1994, A1.
  7. ^ James Mennie, "Beauregard new head of policing committee," Montreal Gazette, 30 November 1994, A1. Beauregard's appointment was widely applauded, although some critics described it as "merely symbolic" and argued that her views on race relations were not "particular progressive." See Michelle Lalonde, "Bourque makes quick mark in first month; Mayor concentrates power in his hands, kills consultation committees," Montreal Gazette, 3 December 1994, A3.
  8. ^ Liz Warwick, "Women to watch in 1995; They're challenging, changing and defining what women's lives can be," Montreal Gazette, 2 January 1995, D1.
  9. ^ Aaron Derfel, "Lineup incident misunderstood: Beauregard; Minorities not familiar with police procedures, she says," Montreal Gazette, 1 May 1995, A3.
  10. ^ Clifton Ruggles, "Beauregard way off base in comments about immigrants; Lineup incident more than `cultural misunderstanding'" [editorial], Montreal Gazette, 4 May 1995, G5.
  11. ^ Karen Unland, "Chief outlines plan for `community policing'; Duchesneau wants districts replaced by mini-stations, operational centres," Montreal Gazette, 23 August 1995, A3.
  12. ^ Aaron Derfel, "MUC cops use spray too often: councillor," Montreal Gazette, 3 May 1996, A1.
  13. ^ Aaron Derfel and Jonathon Gatehouse, "Cops should handle racism complaints - committee chief," Montreal Gazette, 13 November 1996, A13.
  14. ^ Linda Gyulai, "It's mayor's job or bust for Dore: If he loses, he won't sit on council," Montreal Gazette, 22 September 1998, A4.
  15. ^ "Bourque rewards loyal councillors with added duties, responsibilities," Montreal Gazette, 6 February 1997, F8; Aaron Derfel, "Bourque rewarding loyalists, opposition charges," Montreal Gazette, 7 February 1997, A4.
  16. ^ Aaron Derfel, "Mayor packs committees with Vision councillors," Montreal Gazette, 20 February 1997, A4.
  17. ^ Aaron Derfel, "Mayor taps Fortier as chairman: Executive committee is experienced," Montreal Gazette, 13 November 1998, A3; Nancy Hinkson, "Trawick was the first Black in the CFL," Montreal Community Contact, 13 March 1999, p. 8.
  18. ^ Linda Gyulai, "Trip to Caribbean yields no contracts," Montreal Gazette, 11 May 2001, A4.
  19. ^ Darren Becker, "Bourque ready to fight on: He'll lead the opposition," Montreal Gazette, 6 November 2001, A1.
  20. ^ Andy Riga, "Former ally could be Bourque-beater," Montreal Gazette, 1 November 2005, A6.
  21. ^ Linda Gyulai, "'It isn't fair'," Montreal Gazette, 26 February 2003, A7.
  22. ^ "Ex-councillor loses job-dispute case," Montreal Gazette, 27 January 2006, A7.
  23. ^ Jan Ravensbergen, "Beauregard falters in fight of her political life," Montreal Gazette, 7 November 2005, A7.
  24. ^ Max Harrold, "East-end voters switch allegiance: Mayor's party candidate wins district," Montreal Gazette, 25 September 2006, A6.
  25. ^ Jason Madger, "Quebecers join in prayer; Special mass; 'It hurts us all to watch you suffer,' Cardinal Turcotte tells congregation at packed Oratory," Montreal Gazette, 24 January 2010, A3. The article title refers to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
  26. ^ Stéphanie Lalut, "La libérale Kettly Beauregard mange de la politique",, 24 April 2011, accessed 28 August 2013.
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