Action civique de Saint-Léonard

Action civique de Saint-Léonard was a municipal political party that existed from 1984 to 1986 in the suburban community of Saint-Leonard in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The party claimed more than five hundred members in March 1986 and held one seat on the Saint-Leonard city council.[1]

The party emerged from a split in the governing Équipe du renouveau de la cité de Saint-Léonard party the followed mayor Antonio di Ciocco's death in July 1984. Domenico Moschella formed Action civique, while his leadership rival Raymond Renaud formed the Ralliement de Saint-Léonard. Renaud defeated Moschella in a mayoral by-election later in the year and was able to form a new municipal administration.[2] In the aftermath of this political restructuring, Moschella was only city councillor to serve with the Action civique party.[3] Action civique also fielded Vittorio Galerio as a candidate in an April 1985 council by-election; he finished third.[4]

After the 1985 by-election, Moschella called for a united opposition party to challenge Renaud's administration in the next general election.[5] He helped form the new Unité de Saint-Léonard party in October 1986 and wound down Action civique shortly thereafter.[6]


  1. ^ Debbie Parkes, "Opposition candidates reject new St. Leonard political party," Montreal Gazette, 27 March 1986, X9.
  2. ^ Debbie Parkes, "St. Leonard party unites defectors and former rivals," Montreal Gazette, 9 October 1988, X8.
  3. ^ Barry Kliff, "Two St. Leonard councillors quit to organize new opposition party," Montreal Gazette, 17 July 1985, X1.
  4. ^ Barry Kliff, "Ruling party's candidate wins St. Leonard seat," 24 April 1985, X1.
  5. ^ Barry Kliff, "Councillor calls for a united opposition in St. Leonard," Montreal Gazette, 1 May 1985, X1.
  6. ^ Debbie Parkes, "St. Leonard party unites defectors and former rivals," Montreal Gazette, 9 October 1988, X8; Debbie Parkes, "New St. Leonard party ready for Nov. 2 vote," Montreal Gazette, 9 October 1986, B9; Debbie Parkes, "Montreal North, St. Leonard show different election styles, Montreal Gazette, 20 October 1986, A4.