Brossard is a city in southwestern Quebec, Canada, on the southern shore of the Saint Lawrence River across from the island and city of Montreal. It is surrounded by four municipalities on the South Shore of Montreal: Saint-Lambert, Longueuil (Borough of Greenfield Park and Borough of Saint-Hubert), Carignan and La Prairie. Brossard is bordered by the Saint Lawrence River to the west and by the Saint-Jacques River to the south. (see Geographic location section below)
The city of Brossard was founded on February 14, 1958 and was known before then as « Municipalité de la Paroisse de La Prairie de la Magdeleine ». Later, the territory of Brossard was increased twice: a portion of land #121 from Greenfield Park was added on August 8, 1964. Furthermore, Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur merged into Brossard on March 25, 1978 to form the current city.
In the 1970's, an attempt was made by René Désourdy to construct a cemetery in Brossard. The attempt failed due to the water table being too high in most of the city, and as of 2007 Brossard has no cemetery.
Brossard was merged into the city of Longueuil on January 1, 2002 as a result of municipal reorganization in Quebec. Opposition to this amalgamation, during the following years, was headed by Louise Brossard, Gilles Larin and Pierre Senécal and resulted in a municipal referendum that took place on June 20, 2004. 38.70% of the 50,539 qualified voters voted YES for demerger, which met the requirements (35% or more of total voting population) needed for de-amalgamation. As a result, Brossard would continue to be a borough of the city of Longueuil only until the end of 2005.
On January 1, 2006, Brossard was reconstituted as a city and Jean-Marc Pelletier was elected as the new mayor. However, Brossard still remains part of the urban agglomeration of Longueuil and thus, Brossard sits on the agglomeration council (conseil d'agglomération) which determines certain powers of reconstituted cities.
|Years in office||Mayor|
| January 1, 2002 - |
December 31, 2005
| Nicole Carrier|
(President of the borough of Brossard)
Many parks are scattered throughout the city of Brossard, including Parc écologique des Sansonnets. The parks are connected to the other areas of the city by about 37 km of biking paths. The city also has a municipal library building connected to its city hall building via an indoor passageway.
|Both English and French||580||0.8%|
|French and a non-official language||665||0.9%|
|English and a non-official language||575||0.8%|
|English, French and a non-official language||145||0.2%|
Brossard is serviced by Autoroutes 10 (Autoroute des Cantons-de-l'Est), 15, 20 (Autoroute Jean-Lesage), and 30 (Autoroute de l'Acier), as well as Routes 132 and 134 (Taschereau Boulevard). Autoroute 30 runs along the west side of Brossard. Along the Saint Lawrence River on the east side of the city, Autoroutes 15 and 20 overlap with Route 132; 15 to the south and 20 to the north. At the Champlain Bridge interchange, Autoroutes 15 and 20 overlap 10 and feed into the Champlain Bridge, which crosses over into Montreal. Autoroute 10 also meets with Route 134 at the Taschereau Interchange which runs north south through heart of Brossard.
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL), one of the larger public transit carriers in the Montreal metropolitan region, services much of Brossard's territory as well as the rest of the South Shore. Terminus Brossard-Panama and Chevrier Park-n-Ride incentive parking lot are two of RTL's heavily used bus terminals located in Brossard.
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