Plateau mayor Luc Ferrandez says he's quitting politics

Luc Ferrandez, the longtime mayor of the Plateau Mont-Royal borough, says he's quitting politics.

Ferrandez, who's also responsible for parks and greenspaces on the city's Executive Committee, made his intentions known in a rambling Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement comes a day after he made headlines after he dropped an F-bomb during a debate at city council. He also used that word in another Facebook post about climate change last month, which he since deleted.

Ferrandez was first elected as the Plateau's borough mayor in 2009, and was re-elected with comfortable margins in 2013 and 2017.

In a statement, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante thanked Ferrandez for his service.

“As mayor of Plateau-Mont-Royal, he was a real actor of change,” said Mayor Plante.  “Ten years ago, what Luc proposed as a vision was bold, even unthinkable. Today, it must be admitted that this vision has become a reference point. To accomplish so much in such a short time requires enormous political courage, boundless integrity and unwavering convictions. These are values that inspire us and motivate us to go further.”

Ferrandez officially steps down next month, triggering a by-election in the borough, which will take place 120 days later.

With files from CTV Montreal