Emile Loranger, Mayor of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Dies at 73

The mayor of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Émile Loranger, died suddenly on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, following heart complications.
The death of Mr. Loranger was announced Thursday morning in a press release from the City of L’Ancienne-Lorette. He was 73 years old.

Émile Loranger has been mayor of L’Ancienne-Lorette since 1983. “This man of conviction, recognized for his unifying and building skills, contributed significantly to the growth and dynamism of the City of L’Ancienne-Lorette, by providing it with quality infrastructure and services, ”wrote the City in its press release.

The flags located at the town hall and near the municipal buildings are flown at half-mast. The Town of L’Ancienne-Lorette wished to express “its sincere condolences” to those close to Mr. Loranger.

Émile Loranger in front of the photo taken in 2009 during the signature on the sharing of quotations for the agglomeration of Quebec, which will have been one of his great fights. In the photo, Mr. Loranger with Liberal Minister Sam Hamad, the mayor of Quebec Régis Labeaume, the mayor of Saint-Augustin at the time Marcel Corriveau and the one who was then Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nathalie Normandeau.
Émile Loranger in front of the photo taken in 2009 during the signature on the sharing of quotations for the agglomeration of Quebec, which will have been one of his great fights. In the photo, Mr. Loranger with Liberal Minister Sam Hamad, the mayor of Quebec Régis Labeaume, the mayor of Saint-Augustin at the time Marcel Corriveau and the one who was then Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nathalie Normandeau.

“It will have marked the political history of the region,” says Labeaume

Quebec City offered its “sincere condolences on Thursday morning to the family and loved ones of the mayor of L’Ancienne-Lorette. “The thoughts of the mayor of Quebec, Mr. Régis Labeaume, members of the municipal council and staff of the City are turned to the family and loved ones of Emile Loranger and to the citizens of L’Ancienne-Lorette,” said a press release from the City.

“The death of Émile Loranger deeply saddens us,” added Mayor Labeaume. The Quebec region loses a politician who has always had at heart the success of the development of the City of L’Ancienne-Lorette and the quality of life of its citizens. It will have marked the political history of the region ”.

The fight for “quotas”

Émile Loranger ultimately did not know the outcome of one of his main fights as mayor, that of the “quotas” that L’Ancienne-Lorette believes he has paid in excess to the agglomeration of Quebec.

After several years of litigation, L’Ancienne-Lorette and Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures had won their case in 2018. The Superior Court ordered Quebec City to reimburse $ 13.9 million to L’Ancienne-Lorette . But the city of Mayor Labeaume has appealed the decision. The case was to be heard by the Court of Appeal in the spring of 2021.

Breaches of ethics

Émile Loranger’s municipal career has recently been marred. In October 2019, the mayor of L’Ancienne-Lorette was sentenced to a suspension of 60 days without pay for breaches of ethics. About a year earlier, he had placed himself in a conflict of interest by participating in a vote on a request for an investigation targeting him personally.

In November 2019, the Quebec Municipal Commission (CMQ) also launched an investigation into the reimbursement of 240 restaurant invoices that the City of L’Ancienne-Lorette has reimbursed Émile Loranger over the past six years.

Fusion and defusion

Émile Loranger was elected mayor of L’Ancienne-Lorette on November 6, 1983, a position he held until the merger of his city with Quebec on January 1, 2002.

On November 6, 2005, he was re-elected mayor of L’Ancienne-Lorette, defused from Quebec. During the municipal elections of November 1, 2009, Mr. Loranger was re-elected again. He will also be re-elected in the November 3, 2013 elections.

“The end of an era”, says Marcel Corriveau

The former mayor of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Marcel Corriveau, estimated that the death of mayor Loranger is “the end of an era” in L’Ancienne-Lorette.

“Émile was almost an institution. L’Ancienne-Lorette and Émile, we almost confused the two “, says Marcel Corriveau, who was the ally of Mayor Loranger in the demergers and the fight for” quotas “that the two cities felt they had paid too much to the agglomeration of Quebec.

“He fought for the demergers. And he managed to reclaim his city. He was convinced that L’Ancienne-Lorette was able to provide better local services. […] I was of the same opinion besides, says Marcel Corriveau.

Shoiry saddened by death of member of “group of suburban mayors”

After the recent departure of the former mayor of Charlesbourg Ralph Mercier, the former mayor of Sillery Paul Shoiry sees sadly leaving another important member of what was called the group of suburban mayors.

When he was first elected in 1994, Mr. Shoiry regularly consulted his colleague Émile Loranger, who had an excellent reputation as a manager and who headed a city of a size comparable to his own. ” We quickly became friends, he gave me advice on how to render services, “recalls Mr. Shoiry in a telephone interview.

Their contacts became even more frequent during the fight against forced mergers. In 2001, the two local politicians contested the same team, that of the late mayor Andrée P. Boucher. Émile Loranger had to retire due to health problems.

“Émile would have been re-elected for life because he was extremely popular, believes Mr. Shoiry. The city of L’Ancienne-Lorette is a beautiful city, well managed and I took a lot from Émile Loranger.”

“Stuck on its population”, says Lehouillier

The mayor of Lévis Gilles Lehouillier will remember from his colleague from L’Ancienne-Lorette how “he was stuck on his population and had the interests of citizens at heart.” This is what explains his longevity, “said Mr. Lehouillier , during a press briefing webcast Thursday morning.

Émile Loranger will be remembered for his battle against the agglomeration of Quebec, believes the mayor of Lévis. “He had to navigate through tumultuous waters, the rules of the game were complex, notes Lehouillier But the battle of his life was that the money invested by the people of his community returned to services to his community. ”

The battle of Emile Loranger was entirely justified, according to the mayor of Lévis. “To date experience shows us that we should never have set up agglomerations, that’s my opinion,” says Gilles Lehouillier.

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