I am extremely proud to be part of the community of Saint-Michel, the adoptive neighborhood of my parents, my brothers and my sister. Over the years, I’ve managed to make a modest contribution in civic, community and personal terms. The borough of Saint-Michel, the cornerstone of the riding of Viau, carries so many promises for men and women from here and elsewhere. More than ever, I want to continue this commitment, this involvement, in order to serve the people of Viau at the provincial level.
– Frantz Benjamin
Introducing the MNA for Viau
My professional background reflects my values and my beliefs—education, community involvement, diversity and democracy are at the heart of my actions and initiatives.
For nine years, my role as municipal councillor has allowed me to contribute modestly to the improvement of the area where the people of Saint-Michel grow. These improvements involve revitalizing the borough through various infrastructure projects (public housing, housing cooperatives, Frédéric Back Park, a pool, splash pads, PPU-Jarry Est) and economic initiatives such as the Economic Development Forum of Saint-Michel.
My involvement in Montréal also includes chairing the Montréal City Council from 2013 to 2017, where I had the opportunity to participate in projects that connect people to democratic institutions and improve community participation. This includes the Caravane de la Démocratie, the Youth Council Simulation and various receptions at Montréal City Hall.
At the community level, I am proud to mention my involvement in the educational success and professional qualifications of the people here. In this regard, I eagerly took on the position of Commissioner of the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île from 1998 to 2013, and I co-founded the Fonds 1804 pour la persévérance scolaire, an organization that has supported the success of young Quebecers of all backgrounds since 2013.
My civic involvement also led me to work within organizations devoted to cultural diversity such as the Conseil interculturel de Montréal (CIM) from 2003 to 2008 (providing recommendations for equal access to employment, representing people of immigrant backgrounds in the cultural metropolis and racial profiling) and committees that are very active in the community (Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, CHAIS-Ressources Famille, Culture X, Équipe RDP, Société Paroles, Optimist International).
My commitment to issues related to diversity and intercultural relations resulted in the publication of texts between 2003 and 2010 that were accepted by several anthologies and journals from here and abroad, and in presentations at conferences on diversity and intercultural relations in Québec, Canada and abroad.
MNA for Viau
Official Opposition Critic for Protection of the French Language, for Youth Issues and for Tourism