LaSalle, Quebec

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LaSalle
Borough of Montreal
Motto: "Obstantia Amovet"  (Latin)
"He pushes away obstacles and casts aside difficulties"
Location of Lasalle borough on the Island of Montreal.
(Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Municipal boroughCity of Montreal
RegionMontréal
Established1845
City1912
Merge with MontrealJanuary 1, 2002
Electoral Districts
Federal

LaSalle—Émard
ProvincialMarguerite-Bourgeoys
Marquette
Government[1][2][3]
 • TypeBorough and City Council
 • MayorManon Barbe
 • Federal MP(s)Hélène LeBlanc (NDP)
 • Quebec MNA(s)Robert Poeti (PLQ)
François Ouimet (PLQ)
Area[4]
 • Total16.38 km2 (6.32 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4][5]
 • Total74,276
 • Density4,534.6/km2 (11,745/sq mi)
 • Change (2006-11)Decrease0.7%
 • Dwellings (2006)34,675
DemonymLasallois, Lasallian
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code(s)H8N, H8P
Area code(s)514/438
Websitewww.ville.montreal.qc.ca
 
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LaSalle
Borough of Montreal
Motto: "Obstantia Amovet"  (Latin)
"He pushes away obstacles and casts aside difficulties"
Location of Lasalle borough on the Island of Montreal.
(Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Municipal boroughCity of Montreal
RegionMontréal
Established1845
City1912
Merge with MontrealJanuary 1, 2002
Electoral Districts
Federal

LaSalle—Émard
ProvincialMarguerite-Bourgeoys
Marquette
Government[1][2][3]
 • TypeBorough and City Council
 • MayorManon Barbe
 • Federal MP(s)Hélène LeBlanc (NDP)
 • Quebec MNA(s)Robert Poeti (PLQ)
François Ouimet (PLQ)
Area[4]
 • Total16.38 km2 (6.32 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4][5]
 • Total74,276
 • Density4,534.6/km2 (11,745/sq mi)
 • Change (2006-11)Decrease0.7%
 • Dwellings (2006)34,675
DemonymLasallois, Lasallian
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code(s)H8N, H8P
Area code(s)514/438
Websitewww.ville.montreal.qc.ca

LaSalle is a borough in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Prior to 2002, it was once a separate municipality. It was founded in 1912 as a town. LaSalle is located in the south-west portion of the Island of Montreal, located along the Saint Lawrence river.

History[edit]

Named for the area's first seigneur and French explorer Robert René Cavelier de La Salle (born at Rouen, France in 1643, died in Texas in 1687). LaSalle came into existence as a municipality in 1845 and finally became the City of LaSalle in 1912.

Lachine Rapids are situated inside LaSalle territory. The name Lachine, which is also the name of the neighboring borough, stayed because in the French Regime period, LaSalle was actually part of the Lachine Parish. Before the creation of the Lachine Canal, the rapids had to be portaged on a trail called "Chemin LaSalle" (what is now the LaSalle Boulevard).

It is known for its many public schools, most noticeably l'École secondaire Cavelier-de-LaSalle, known as one of the top talent producing schools in the field of dance, song, and the home of two Montreal Alouettes cheerleaders. The other common public school in LaSalle is LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School, opened many years ago, home to many cultures.

Michel Leduc, who served as Mayor from 1983 to December 31, 2001, was the last Mayor of an independent LaSalle.[6] Under Leduc, LaSalle became the first large city in Quebec to launch a large recycling. LaSalle was annexed by the city of Montreal on January 1, 2002,[6] along with a number of other cities on the Island of Montreal.

Geography[edit]

The Saint Lawrence River as viewed from Lasalle.

LaSalle is bounded by five adjacent municipalities and boroughs, these being Lachine towards the west, Verdun towards the south, the inner city neighborhood of Ville-Émard in correlation to the east Montreal West and the neighborhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce within the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce towards the north, the latter two being divided by Autoroute 10 as well as the Lachine Canal. All complemented by the shore of the Saint Lawrence River, specifically a portion of the river known as the Lachine Rapids.

Government[edit]

The Borough Hall of LaSalle.

Federal and provincial elections[edit]

The entire borough is located within the federal riding of LaSalle—Émard. The LaSalle—Émard riding is represented by Hélène LeBlanc.

Provincially, most of the borough constitutes the electoral district of Marguerite-Bourgeoys, with the northwest corner being part of Marquette. Marguerite-Bourgeoys was represented by Monique Jérôme-Forget until her 2009 resignation.

Borough government[edit]

The borough is divided into two districts.

The borough elects a borough mayor, two city councillors, and four borough councillors.

As of the November 3, 2013 Montreal municipal election, the current borough council consists of the following councillors:

DistrictPositionName Party
 —Borough mayor
City councillor
Manon Barbe Pro action LaSalle
Cecil-P.-NewmanCity councillorMonique Vallée Équipe Coderre
Borough councillorSerge Declos Pro action LaSalle
Josée Troilo Pro action LaSalle
Sault-Saint-LouisCity councillorRichard Deschamps Pro action LaSalle
Borough councillorNancy Blanchet Pro action LaSalle
Laura Palestini Pro action LaSalle

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
YearPop.  ±%  
196648,322—    
197172,920+50.9%
197676,713+5.2%
198176,299−0.5%
198675,621−0.9%
199173,804−2.4%
199672,029−2.4%
200173,983+2.7%
200674,763+1.1%
201174,276−0.7%
[7]
Ethnic Origin[8]Population
Canadian31,545
French15,860
Italian10,250
Irish4,870
English4,840
Scottish3,190
East Indian2,340
Chinese2,035
Polish1,875
Jamaican1,375
Home language (2006)
LanguagePopulationPercentage (%)
French31,33042%
English27,41537%
Both English and French1,4552%
Other languages13,71019%

As indicated by the 2006 census, the City of Montreal's borough of LaSalle has a population of 74,763.This demonstrates a 1.05% increase from the population indicated by the 2001 census, in which was 73,983. Much like a substantial amount of other communities in the Greater Montreal area,LaSalle remains to be ethnically,racially and linguistically diverse.Visible minorities account for approximately 26% of the population,the largest and most notable groups being Black Canadians and South Asians.Both of these groups representing approximately 10% and 5% of the population respectively.Linguistically according to Language spoken predominantly at home, approximately 42% of LaSalle's residents speak French, 37% speak English, 18% speak neither French or English and nearly 2% speak both English and French. Belonging to a trend of Most Municipalities and Boroughs located on the island of Montreal, a great number of LaSallian's are fluently bilingual, having 60% of the population possessing the capability to speak both French and English.

The average value of an owned dwelling in LaSalle is $291,221,being a considerable amount higher than the provincial average of $182,399.Due to the high concentration of two-story apartments or duplexes, the majority of LaSalle's residents rent their dwelling rather than own it.Rented dwellings represent 60% of all inhabited dwellings.

Religious distribution

Due to a large number of residents being of European descent, the majority of LaSallian's are Christian.

Religion (2001)
LanguagePopulationPercentage (%)
Christianity63,04086.22%
Catholic51,22070.05%
Protestant9,15012.52%
Christian Orthodox1,6202.22%
Christian,n.i.e1,0501.44%
Muslim2,0002.73%
Sikh1,4802.02%
Other religions1,5552.12%
No religious affiliation5,0456.90%

Education[edit]

English Public Elementary Schools


English Public High Schools

LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School

Cityscape[edit]

Fleming windmill, Lasalle

Among the LaSalle's attractions are Angrignon Mall, the Lachine Canal and the Canal de l'Aqueduc, with their recreational areas; the Octagone library; the Parc Angrignon; the Île aux Hérons migratory bird refuge; the Saints-Anges archeological site; Des Rapides Park; and the Fleming windmill, which is used as the borough's symbol. Other major installations include the Cégep André-Laurendeau.

Economy[edit]

LaSalle's main economic engines include industries and agrifoods:

Infrastructure[edit]

LaSalle is served by the LaSalle commuter train station on the Candiac Line. Route 138 passes through the borough before crossing the Honoré Mercier Bridge to Kahnawake. Other important thoroughfares include LaSalle, Newman, La Vérendrye, Bishop Power, Champlain, Shevchenko, Lapierre, Centrale and Jean-Brillon Boulevards.

Sports and recreation[edit]

Saint Lawrence River seen from LaSalle Blvd. bicycle path.

LaSalle also has various sports teams, the football association (Warriors), the hockey association (Cougars),the baseball association (LaSalle Cardinals) and the soccer association (Lasalle Rapids) which remain popular. The Cardinals play their home games at Stade Éloi-Viau.

Notable residents, former and current[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Notable athletes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

http://www.census2006.ca/census-recensement/2006/dp-pd/prof/92-591/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=2466040&Geo2=PR&Code2=24&Data=Count&SearchText=lasalle&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=24&B1=All&Custom= http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/products/highlight/ETO/Table1.cfm?T=501&Lang=E&GV=4&GID=2466040&Prov=24&S=1&O=D

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°25′43″N 73°39′48″W / 45.428568°N 73.663416°W / 45.428568; -73.663416