The founder of the firm NOVAlex Ryan Hillier.

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The founder of the firm NOVAlex Ryan Hillier.

The founder of NOVAlex Ryan hillier would be thinking of running in the next municipal elections, which will be held on November 7.

If he took the lead of True Change, the party founded by his friend Melanie Joly in 2013, he is expected to leave the management of his expanding firm.

In this case, the 2007 Bar would face Valerie Plante for Projet Montréal and, possibly, the former mayor Denis coderre, who has not yet announced a return, but could take over the reins of Ensemble Montreal.

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Reached by phone just before entering a meeting with the management committee of NOVAlex, he refused to comment on the rumor relayed by La Presse that he would have assured relatives that he would try his luck.

Me Hillier was approached by groups of entrepreneurs and traders disappointed by the management of Valerie Plante. He is currently “in discussion with several independent elected officials and existing parties, who would join him to create a real coalition,” says his public relations officer by email.

Valérie Plante.  Photo: Twitter

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Valérie Plante. Photo: Twitter

Me Hillier said he was touched by the encouragement he received to run for mayor. “It is a privilege to see my name circulating in connection with such a critical function for the future of our city,” he wrote by email, adding that his decision has not yet been made.

“My team and I are measuring the feasibility of a political commitment on my part. As a business lawyer and social entrepreneur, I am currently focusing my professional life on the strategic development of my firm, ”he continues.

At 34, Me Hillier is not at his first steps in politics. He headed the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal in 2014-2015, was a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada on the South Shore in 2008 and participated in the launch of the Coalition Avenir Québec.

If True Change was unable to elect any candidate in 2017, after causing surprise by obtaining 26 percent of the vote in 2013, the party still has a fairly solid foundation. With its activists, its administrative structure, its budget, it could restart quickly.

Denis Coderre.  Photo: Archives

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Denis Coderre. Photo: Archives

Me Hillier worked for almost ten years at McCarthy Tétrault and Blakes before founding his firm, which provides one hour of pro bono legal services for every hour billed.

That said, one thing is certain: Montrealers starred in Denis Coderre and Valérie Plante’s film, and they came out disappointed. For the good of our metropolis, we need a strong third way and resolutely turned towards the future to ensure the economic and social development of Montreal as it emerges from the global pandemic that we are currently experiencing. In this regard, I would like to salute the largely trans-partisan work accomplished and the nuanced positions defended since the last municipal elections by the True Change for Montreal and its interim leader, Justine McIntyre. – Ryan Hillier

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