A Tribute to Mayor Trent

After 37 years in Municipal politics, beginning with being vice-President of the WMA in 1982, Peter Trent is retiring from politics, having served as Mayor of Westmount five times, each by acclamation.

Peter Trent

Mayor Peter Trent’s final council meeting

Trent leaves a lasting legacy on our community – from Washingtonian street lighting, through a reconstructed library to a state-of-the-art LEED Gold certified underground arena to a focus on a sustainable and livable community.  Such initiatives as  bringing BIXI to Westmount and committing to year-round bikepath operation have also been notable. On the broader municipal scale, Trent was forefront of the campaign to undo the ill-advised forced mergers and successfully acted as head of the Association of Suburban Muncipalities. Trent’s chairmanship of this organization was critical to counteracting the indulgences of “centre city” and gave Westmount a much larger visibility than our population of only 20,000 would otherwise command.

Our City is in better shape than it has been for a while with zero net debt and, finally, a plan to tackle the infrastructure deficit that has built up over the past 25 years. With interest rates currently still at historic lows, hopefully these issues can continue to be addressed going forward.

The WMA would like to wish Peter all the best for his retirement from municipal politics, and, noting that he remarks “I still have fire in my belly” wonder if a return to the WMA will be in his future?

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