Article: Gomberg Aims for Montreal Seat

Edmonton Journal, April 28, 1997

Gomberg Aims for Montreal Seat

Former city councillor and well-known environmental activist Tooker Gomberg will run as a New Democrat in the Montreal riding of Outremont in the June 2 federal election.

Gomberg, who left Edmonton shortly after losing his Ward 4 seat in the October 1995 civic election, won the federal party nomination in his hometown riding on April 16.

There are about 50,000 eligible voters in the riding today.

The area is home to Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard and was home to former premier Robert Bourassa, who died of cancer last year. Former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau was raised in the area, which also includes the Universit de Montreal.

Gomberg’s family has lived in that neighbourhood for five generations.

He moved back to Montreal six months ago after spending a year on an around-the-world bicycle tour with his now-wife Angela Bischoff.

A long time NDP supporter, Gomberg said he favors most of the party’s policies going into the election. He met briefly with the party’s newest leader, Alexa McDonough, last week.

What the party platform lacks though, and Gomberg hopes to add, are more environmental issues.