Brossard's new mayor inundated with media requests from Egypt
Doreen Assaad beat out the city's incumbent with 39 per cent of the vote
The new mayor of Brossard has been garnering media attention far beyond Montreal's South Shore.
Doreen Assaad, who is of Egyptian descent, was elected with the party Brossard Ensemble on Nov. 5, beating out incumbent Paul Leduc with 39 per cent of the vote.
Since her win, Assaad has received more than 20 interview requests from Egyptian media — many of which are running headlines proclaiming her to be the first "Egyptian woman mayor in Canada."
Assaad said she's gotten so many requests, she "hasn't had the chance to return all the calls yet."
She will be doing an interview with the BBC in the coming days and has also spoken with the Canadian Arabic Network.
She even received a call from Egypt's immigration minister congratulating her on the win.
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Assaad was born in Quebec after her parents emigrated from Egypt in the 1970s.
"I'm Québécoise in every way," she said.
Assaad studied applied mathematics and worked in business before becoming a city councillor in 2009.
For now, Assaad says she is "eager to get to work." The new council meets for the first time, Nov. 21.
The new mayor posted on her Facebook page this morning, saying that she enjoyed the attention but that she needs to focus on the 86,000 people she now represents.
"I'm flattered by this interest, but I was elected by the citizens of Brossard and it is for you that I need to focus my attention," she wrote.