Drabkin challenges Garneau in Westmount

Wayne Larsen
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Just two days after the announcement of the May 2 federal election, local lawyer Neil Drabkin tossed the Tory hat into the Westmount-Ville Marie ring.

Conservative Party hopeful Neil Drabkin

Drabkin, a native Montrealer who had been serving as chief of staff to Stockwell Day in Ottawa for the past five years, is running against Liberal incumbent Marc Garneau in what is widely considered a safe Liberal stronghold.

He knows he has his work cut out for him in this riding, but he feels that local voters are willing to support the Conservatives this time around.    

“The Prime Minister has asked for the support of the Canadian people to form a majority government on May 2 and I believe the citizens of Westmount-Ville Marie want to be represented in that government,” Drabkin stated in announcing his candidacy this week.

“The Conservative Government’s stellar performance in managing the economy during the international economic crisis and the requirements necessary to maintain effective recovery and create new jobs moving forward are of utmost importance to all Canadians.”

The candidate has the full support of Carl Ravinsky, president of the Westmount-Ville Marie Conservative Association. “Neil’s from Montreal, knows our community well, and his many years in Ottawa will make him a strong representative of our constituency,” Ravinsky said this week.

As Day’s chief of staff, Drabkin worked on several portfolios, including Public Safety, International Trade, and Treasury Board.

“Neil’s tenacity and attention to detail, coupled with his emphasis on building consensus on major projects and issues, have served him well in Ottawa, and are tremendously important assets to be of service to Westmount-Ville Marie as their Member of Parliament,” Day stated in endorsing Drabkin’s candidacy.

As a lawyer prior to his political career, Drabkin was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1989 after completing law studies at McGill and Université de Montréal. He ran a successful immigration law practice and was also a federal crown prosecutor. His name would be familiar to many Montrealers as the host of a radio talk show on CIQC AM 600, a well as his many appearances as a commentator on citizenship and immigration law on television and in newspapers. 


Organizations: Conservatives, Westmount-Ville Marie Conservative Association, International Trade Treasury Board McGill Université de Montréal

Geographic location: Ottawa, Westmount, Montreal

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Recent comments

  • raoul ilitch
    April 13, 2011 - 04:12

    Neil is the kind of guy that gives good vibes. He looks very people oriented and very confident. He would be a great asset if he were elected MP. You wanna know him!

  • Bill
    April 12, 2011 - 11:25

    Garneau in a cake walk...the riding has been red since the days of Diefenbaker. Take a hike Drabkin

  • David Courtney
    April 08, 2011 - 19:57

    Finally, could we stop electing liberals that do nothing for us. They always put monkeys or stars that know nothing about politics and Westmount people vote for them.

  • Alex Miles
    April 06, 2011 - 13:12

    Westmount-Ville Marie is probably the safest Liberal riding in the whole country! in 2008, the CPC candidate finished 3rd, 12000 behind M. Garneau and about 3000 votes behind the NDP candidate. In all previous elections the Liberal candidate won by a very large majority. The conservative vote is concentrated in some "wealthy pockets" of the riding, and doesn't grow by much. The students downtown tend to be more NDP and Liberal. I'm sure M. Drabkin knows all this, unless he's not serious about his candidacy, his only hope to win or get close to Garneau is to literally knock on every single door in this riding

  • Johanne Faulkner
    April 02, 2011 - 11:44

    I am bothered by your blatant support for the conservative candidate. I hope that you print equally favorable articles about the Liberal candidate.

  • Leland Ensor
    April 01, 2011 - 08:45

    I am very happy that we have a strong candidate for the Conservatives here in Westmount Ville Marie. Mr. Drabkin's experience will be invaluable in working for us here in the riding and when Mr. Harper forms the next government, I would like our MP to be alongside and in the circle, not on the backbench looking in. Best wishes to you, Mr. Drabkin!