Mount Royal, June 3, 2010 – A letter written by the family of Town of Mount Royal’s mayor, Vera Danyluk, has informed Town officials that the health problems that have affected Mrs. Danyluk in recent months have not improved and unfortunately now signal the end of an exemplary political career. A medical opinion enclosed with the letter confirms the impossibility for Mrs. Danyluk to carry out her duties.
The family, which does not wish to discuss the matter publicly, is leaving the decision as to how to proceed under the circumstances to the Town of Mount Royal.
The Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities provides that a Council member may not be absent from Council meetings for more than 90 consecutive days, failing which his or her term shall end at the close of the first meeting after the expiry of the 90-day period. In light of the recent developments and based on the schedule of Town Council meetings, Mrs. Danyluk’s term as mayor will thus end on July 26, 2010.
It was with great sadness that the Council members and the Town’s personnel learned of this setback. All expressed their support for and encouragement to this extraordinary woman and her family.
In Mayor Danyluk’s absence, the municipal councillors have assumed her various responsibilities and are relying on, among other things, a roster of deputy mayors, which ensures that Council is never without a chairperson and that a direct link with the Town Manager is maintained at all times. As provided in the roster, Councillor Philippe Roy has assumed the role since March; Councillor John Miller is scheduled to take over from him in July.
On the administrative front, Town of Mount Royal employees are managing all the files for which they are normally responsible. The continuity of the Town’s regular operations is in no way endangered by this development.
Vera Danyluk has a long history in politics. She memorably held the position of Mount Royal’s mayor during three earlier terms, from 1987 to 1994 and from 2005 to 2009, and was elected to a fourth term last fall. Her stint as chair of the Executive Committee and president of the Montreal Urban Community from 1994 to 2002 also earned her much recognition. She is incontestably a major figure in the history of Town of Mount Royal.