Our Leader : Jean-Claude Gobé

Born in Charleville (France) on April 11 1949, Jean-Claude Gobé arrived in Canada more than 40 years ago. He has been a resident of Laval since 1999 and is father to three children, Frédérique, Julien, Victoria and grand-father to two little girls. Jean-Claude Gobé is a man of principles and commitments as well as a sports enthusiast as he has completed many marathons in his record of achievements.

After spending a few years in the French military and prior to his election as an MNA at the Assemblée nationale du Québec, Jean-Claude Gobé worked at Renault Canada, Ademco, Comterm and Location Noma. Jean-Claude Gobé developed a keen interest in politics and joined Mr. Jérôme Choquette in 1975 who was then, Minister of Justice and Public Security under Robert Bourassa’s Cabinet. Mr. Gobé moved up through the ranks and quickly became one of his political advisors.

In 1985, Jean-Claude Gobé entered the political scene as a candidate for the Liberal Party of Québec. He was elected in Lafontaine (Pointe-aux-Trembles and Rivière-des-Prairies) winning against Minister Marcel Léger. Jean-Claude Gobé won four consecutive mandates as an MNA during which he fulfilled his parliamentary functions in Québec and at the Francophonie Internationale. After leaving politics in 2003, Jean-Claude Gobé joined the manufacturer Iris as their vice-president Business Development, he was also vice-president of the Association Québécoise des Agences de Vins, Bières et Spiritueux (AQAVBS). He was also president of Équipe RDP, a community organization and a political advisor on the radio CNV alongside Rémi Trudel and Lisette Lapointe.

Considering the situation faced by Laval residents prior to the 2013 elections and carefully assessing their mainstream concerns about their elected officials, Jean-Claude Gobé decided to roll up his sleeves and put his experience and credibility for the citizens of Laval. He founded Action Laval in April of 2013, just a few months prior to the November 2013 elections. In 2013, Jean-Claude Gobé and his party achieved the second highest score with 25% of the popular vote during the elections in Laval, placing him as the Leader of the official Opposition, the very first in Laval.

CONTACT

  • +1 (438) 990-4998
  • j-c.gobe@actionlaval.com

LEADER'S MESSAGE: JEAN-CLAUDE GOBÉ

For many years, politics have brought citizens the idea of disillusionment and cynicism towards anything that resembles politics, as well as a lack of interest towards the institutions and the municipal elected officials. Today, it isn’t a matter of choice anymore, we must restore trust in our citizens.
When I founded Action Laval in April of 2013, my objective was to offer Laval an interesting solution to the population. It was about the possibility of managing the city differently than what had been done in the previous political situation, paving the way with a fresh, dynamic and open-minded vision. I wished to bring my extensive 30 years experience in politics, 18 as an MNA at the Assemblé Nationale du Québec.

Since then, I’ve been surrounded by people of all ages and backgrounds with their own ideas and visions for a better city and community. I’ve been particularly inspired by the young generation, committed, dynamic and motivated with new ideas. After all these years devoted to public service, it is my obligation to pass on my experience, my knowledge and my vision. I truly believe that it is crucial to involve the youth of Laval and am proud to have many in my party.

For many years, politics have brought citizens the idea of disillusionment and cynicism towards anything that resembles politics, as well as a lack of interest towards the institutions and the municipal elected officials. Today, it isn’t a matter of choice anymore, we must restore trust in our citizens.

For the first time in Laval, there is an official opposition with offices at city hall. Our role is a major one and we have an important responsibility towards the citizens of Laval in regards to the admistration of the city. We have to ensure the city doesn’t take paths which would not be favorable. We must make sure that the decisions which are being made by the administration are in the best interest of the citizens of Laval, whether it is the quality of air, the environment, preservation of green spaces, public transit, as well as recreation and sports. Furthermore, we must ensure the economic, social and environmental development be done in the best interest of everyone.

We must make sure the frontline public services be offered efficiently and available when necessary. We also have the major responsibility of ensuring the public finances are kept under control and that the administration does not overspend. The citizens’ municipal taxes and the city’s debt must not compromise the next generation. We cannot manage the city as if we had a credit card without a credit limit!



- Jean-Claude Gobé