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The candidateTom Pentefountas, current president of the Action Démocratique du Québec, is the party's candidate in the west-end riding of Fabre. Holding a law degree from the University of Ottawa (1994), he is a criminal lawyer for Silver, a law firm with which he's been associated since 1996. Also the holder of a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Concordia University, he has been a member of the Action Démocratique du Québec since 2003. The following year, he rose to vice-president of the party's national executive committee, while also running and losing in a by-election in the West-Island riding of Nelligan.
What are the issues in the riding?At the regional level, Mr. Pentefountas points to the need for renewal of road infrastructures and expansion of public transit as two of his top priorities. He would like to see the extension of the Orange Line of the Montreal Metro, with the addition of six new stations, three of which would provide much-sought additional services to Laval island. The path he envisions would link Laval's Montmorency Station to that of Côte-Vertu, in the borough of Ville Saint-Laurent, via Carrefour Laval, before turning south on Chomedey Blvd. He is also in favour of a project that would extend Highway 440 westward, resulting in a beltway around Montreal island that would link the 440 to Highway 40 in Kirkland, on the western tip of the island. In the election of March 26, 2007, the riding was won by incumbent Liberal Michelle Courchesne for a second time, edging out Patrick Pilote of the Action Démocratique du Québec by a margin of less than three percent (about 1200 votes).