Lionel Perez (politician)

Lionel Jonathan Perez (born 1970 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian lawyer, entrepreneur and member of Montreal City Council for the Darlington district in Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace. On November 21, 2012, he was elected borough mayor of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace by acclamation, replacing Michael Applebaum after the latter was selected as the new Mayor of Montreal. He is of Sephardi Jewish descent.

Lionel Perez
Borough mayor for Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace
In office
November 22, 2012 – November 14, 2013
Preceded byMichael Applebaum
Succeeded byRussell Copeman
Montreal City Councillor for Darlington
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded bySaulie Zajdel
Personal details
Born1970 (age 49–50)
Political partyUnion Montréal (2009-2012)
Independent (2012-2013)
Équipe Denis Coderre (2013-2018)
Ensemble Montréal (2018-present)[1]
ResidenceMontreal, Quebec
OccupationLawyer, entrepreneur

Originally elected as a member of Union Montréal, Perez sat as an independent councillor from December 2012 until August 2013, when he affiliated with the new Équipe Denis Coderre.[3] In the 2013 election, he ran for re-election to his original council seat in Darlington rather than as borough mayor, and was re-elected.


Perez holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and a Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) from the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Law careerEdit

Before being elected, Perez was a practicing lawyer and co-founder of the Canadian legal document filing service company[4] Under his guidance, has garnered much recognition from numerous publications including the PROFIT HOT 50[5] and PROFIT 100[6] rankings, both published annually by Profit, Enterprise Magazine[7] and L'Actualité.[8] Perez has also developed an expertise in advising startups and has written on the business and legal aspects of business formation and its impact on small business owners.[9]

Prior to founding, Perez practiced corporate commercial law with a technology law firm advising start-ups and publicly traded corporations.

In October 2010, Perez appeared as legal counsel on behalf the JORCCQ before the Quebec National Assembly commission to present its brief on the government’s draft legislation (Bill 94) governing reasonable accommodation when receiving or delivering government services.[10]

City councillorEdit

He won a decisive victory beating his closest rival by over 20 per cent of the vote in his first election on November 1, 2009 running under the Union Montréal party of Mayor Gérald Tremblay.[11][12]

He was appointed to serve on the Commission on Finances, Administrative Services, and Human Capital.[13] He was also named to the Land Use and Planning Commission of the Communauté Metropolitaine de Montréal. At the borough level, he was the official elected representative on the Comité consultatif d'urbanise (CCU). In December 2010 he was named vice-president, and ranking member of the governing Union Montréal party, to the new Commission on the Examination of Contracts.[14]

Perez made Canadian news headlines[15] in May 2011 after he spoke up against the use of inappropriate Twitter remarks by a fellow councillor during council meetings. Opposition city councillor Benoit Dorais posted insulting comments on his Twitter account about the Union Montréal members during a council meeting, some of which were directed at Perez. The comments provoked Perez to bring the issue to the attention of council so that an examination of the rules governing council's proceedings should be extended to cover social media as well. Perez was not against the use of Twitter during council meetings, but rather wished to ensure the appropriateness of the language used by council members on Twitter while in session. Perez’s intervention resulted in a new policy[16] on Twitter use by councillors, allowing councillors to use Twitter while council is in session, but with caution against using insulting or "unparliamentary" language as set out in a list of 225 words and phrases banned by the National Assembly of Quebec. The ruling is believed to be the first of its kind governing a municipal council in Canada.


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  2. ^ Montgomery, Sue (2012-08-16). "Orthodox Jewish Montreal city councillor concerned about PQ's secular policy". The Gazette (Montreal). Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Borough mayor Lionel Perez joins Coderre’s party". The Gazette, July 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "Incorporation service goes online". The Gazette. Montreal. February 8, 2006. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  5. ^ " makes it on to the definitive ranking of Canada's Emerging Growth Company". Press Release. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Profit 100 (2008)". Profit Magazine. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  7. ^ " Featured as Success Story in Enterprise Magazine". Press Release. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Le palmarès de la croissance en 2008". Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  9. ^ Perez, Lionel. "Should Franchisors Require Franchisees to Incorporate?". Archived from the original on 12 October 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  10. ^ Seguin, Rheal. "Orthodox Jews question scope of Quebec bill that could ban face coverings". Globe & Mail. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  11. ^ Barry, Martin C. (August 13, 2009). "Change anticipated on CDN-NDG borough council after election". The Westmount Examiner. Transcontinental Weeklies. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  12. ^ "Applebaum rides record". Montreal Gazette. February 2, 2010.
  13. ^ "Nominations aux commissions du conseil de ville et du conseil d'agglomération". CNW (in French). Groupe CNW Ltée. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  14. ^ La Ville de Montreal. "Commission sur l'examen des contrats". Le portal officiel de la ville de Montreal. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  15. ^ Hamilton, Graeme. "Montreal city councillor rapped over Twitter comments". National Post. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  16. ^ Hamilton, Graeme. "Twitter OK during Montreal council, but be nice: Committee". National Post. Retrieved 9 September 2011.