The Basics: Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin is the 17th Mayor of the City of Gatineau. He was first elected to City Council in 2009 in the Buckingham District. He challenged the incumbent Mayor in the 2013 election, receiving 53% of the votes cast. He was re-elected in 2017 for a second term as Mayor, receiving 45% of the votes cast.
Background: Pedneaud-Jobin studied political science at the University of Ottawa, and was president of the student union. He also completed a masters in regional development. He worked in health administration before entering politics.
Things You (Really) Should Know: Pedneaud-Jobin founded Action Gatineau in the lead up to the 2013 election. Although local political parties are present in larger Quebec cities such as Montreal and Quebec City, the 2013 election was the first time that a local political party ran a full slate of candidates in Gatineau.
Fun Fact: Pedneaud-Jobin built a strong local reputation before entering politics by being an active media political commentator.