Montreal Municipal Election 2009 - Projet Montreal

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Montreal Municipal Election 2009 - Projet Montreal

As many of you may be aware there willl be a municipal election in Montreal on November 1st. Projet Montreal, the progressive party, has been gaining groud at an unprecedented rate and has gone from a third party with one council seat to a serious contender in the course of the campaign.

This growth is largely attributable to the corruption and graft which were endemic under the current mayor, Gerald Tremblay, and the fact that the other main challenger is Louise Harel. She was intergovernmental affairs minister for the PQ when she forced through the municipal mergers without regard for citizens opinions and is a uniligual francophone with a reputation for being dismissive and arrogant.

While Projet Montreal still trails in the polls, it is gaining by leaps and bounds while the two old parties drop. Even if it does not close the gap to win the mayoralty in time, the next city council will almost certainly be a minority council where Projet could hold the balance of power.

This is extremely exciting news to me. To have control of a major city in Canada within grasp of a party whose focus will be on the environment, public transportation, integrity and responsiveness and social justice issues makes forr exciting times.

I'm not sure how many babblers are from Montreal, but if any of you are i strongly urge you to get out and volunteer for Projet. Projet has refused corporate and anonymous donations and publishes names of donors on their website. While this makes for greatly increased transparency and means the new government wouldn't owe anyone any favours if tthey are elected, it also means they are at a severe disadvantage in fundraising.

Their campaign is thus based entirely on the grassroots, from their legion of volunteers to their wide (and primarily small amount) donation base Projet is a party of the people.

You can check out their full platform here www.projetmontreal.org (the other two parties have yet to release platforms, while PM's has been online since June)

So yeah, discuss away!

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This is extremely exciting news to me. To have control of a major city in Canada within grasp of a party whose focus will be on the environment, public transportation, integrity and responsiveness and social justice issues makes forr exciting times.

Is this true? If so, that's an incredible leap from when I left the city two years ago. Looking at a few stories, he's still in third place, but still, remarkable progress.

Unionist

It's funny - Tremblay and Harel agreed not to do any outdoor signs, so all you see around town is Projet Montréal. Also, the only candidate who has knocked on our door so far is Magda Popeanu (she was very sympa). Not for those reasons -  but I think they've got my vote.

 

Socrates Socrates's picture

It is an incredible surge. The last poll taken before the bombshell with Harel's number two, Benoit Labonte, being caught out as corrupt and having to resign had Projet within 10 points of the two old parties. Now that Harel's credibility as the candidate to clean up corruption is shot Projet's support has probably closed to within five points.

It's an incredibly volatile electorate right now, both old parties are exposed as corrupt and voters are looking for somewhere to turn. I've been having incredible success at doorsteps and on the phone getting people who had never heard of projet, or weren't going to vote, or were reluctantly voting for one of the old parties to switch to Projet in the course of a five minute conversation.

Right now, whether Projet wins or loses depends entirely on how many volunteers we can get out in this last week and a half.

If you're in the Montreal area now is the time to put your money where your mouth is and help elect a truly progressive party, we don't have the money of the old parties so we need to overcome their machines with volunteer hours.

If you've got even a few hours between now and November 1st, especially this sunday (advance poll) or election day itself, please send an e-mail to Craig Sauve, an NDP activist running their campaign, at craig.sauve@projeetmontreal.org

We need you!

Stockholm

I read that Thomas Mulcair endorsed the Project Montreal council candidate running in a ward overlapping with his riding and that Justice Gomery has endorsed his daughter who is also running for PM!

Unionist

Stockholm wrote:

I read that Thomas Mulcair endorsed the Project Montreal council candidate running in a ward overlapping with his riding and that Justice Gomery has endorsed his daughter who is also running for PM!

Yeah, Mulcair publicly backed Alexander Norris, who's running in the Plateau (not my part of federal Outremont riding - too chic for moi!) - I believe he used to write for the Gazette. But I haven't heard him throw his support behind PM in general - I don't believe the NDP is getting mixed up in that hornets' nest (i.e. Montréal municipal politics - corruption central!!).

Didn't hear about Gomery, but what dad wouldn't endorse his kid? Kiss

Seriously, I should note that Gomery has been quite open in backing Projet Montréal for quite some time now.

 

martin dufresne

Indeed, Gomery is very public in his role as president of Projet Montreal's funding committee. Since a TV debate where Bergeron clearly outshone his opponents, at least one published poll puts PM in first place with 24% decided voters in this three party race. (Shades of 1976...)

Stockholm

...and that poll was before the expose about Labonte etc... I wonder whether if Louise Harel flops it will demoralize the BQ and help the NDP in the Hochelaga byelection since apparently the PQ/BQ machine completely consumed with trying to get her elected mayor.

lagatta

I'm voting Projet Montréal and certainly hope they win or at least make a good showing, but Bergeron has a disturbingly technocratic - autocratic side - he actually said he admires the late autocrat Jean Drapeau. And he has made a few comments that are a bit off the wall.

There are some very excellent candidates. Nimâ Machouf, who happens to be the spouse of MNA Amir Khadir - and who is an epidemiological researcher and AIDS expert and longtime human-rights activist is one.

Nimâ Machouf détient un doctorat en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal et travaille comme chercheure épidémiologiste depuis dix ans à la clinique médicale l’Actuel tout en enseignant à l’Université de Montréal. Ses champs d’expertise sont le sida, la santé internationale et l’accès aux soins des populations défavorisées. Son implication sociale a commencé dans la communauté iranienne de Montréal, où elle est très connue et toujours active. Mme Machouf a été membre cofondatrice de la Maison d’Iran et de l’Association des Femmes Iraniennes de Montréal. Elle a été membre du conseil d’administration de Médecins du Monde Canada pendant huit ans. Mme Machouf s’est présentée sous la bannière de Projet Montréal comme candidate à la mairie de Pierrefonds lors de l’élection de 2005. Elle est maintenant de retour dans son quartier d’enfance, le Plateau-Mont-Royal. Nimâ Machouf brigue le poste de conseillère de Ville du district Jeanne-Mance. Elle sera la colistière du chef de Projet Montréal, Richard Bergeron.

At least he pisses off the worst kind of arselickers of the powers-that-be, such as Lysiane Gagnon and Alain Dubuc.

We do need trams! Yay trams!

martin dufresne

Even if those rails play havoc with bicycle tires...Cry

Stockholm

I guess that at the very least, regardless of whether Bergeron is elected mayor, Projet Montreal is probably likely to pick up a lot of council seats.

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Two things:

1) If you support the NDP, get in touch with Projet Montreal, even if you're out of province, we can find roles for you and Projet has every NDP activist I know working for them this election.

2) The electorate is more volatile than I have ever seen an electorate. Every call and every door knocked on is a 75% chance of recruiting a new Projet supporter. But we need the calls and doors. email craig.sauve@projetmontreal.org to volunteer. (I misspelled the party name in the e-mail above)

All progressives, across the country, rally to this cause and e-mail craig. No matter where you are you can help!

Projet Montreal a la but!

 

Stockholm

This all sounds exciting, but I hope that the municipal election isn't sucking all the oxygen out of the room and leaving the NDP with a lack of volunteers in Hochelaga (mind you I guess the BQ has the same problem with everyone working for Harel).

Hopefully after the municipal election on Nov. 1 there will still be 8 days left for everyone to shift focus to Hochelaga!

Bärlüer

Unionist wrote:

Yeah, Mulcair publicly backed Alexander Norris, who's running in the Plateau (not my part of federal Outremont riding - too chic for moi!) - I believe he used to write for the Gazette. But I haven't heard him throw his support behind PM in general - I don't believe the NDP is getting mixed up in that hornets' nest (i.e. Montréal municipal politics - corruption central!!).

Speaking about Projet Montréal endorsements, there was also Amir Khadir/Québec solidaire Mercier's endorsement of Projet Montréal's plateau candidates (not a surprise, obviously; I believe QS had already invited its supporters to vote for Projet Montréal last summer).

Alex Norris has managed to get not one (the already mentioned Mulcair endorsement) but two nods in his favour: La Presse's Marie-Claude Lortie wrote a very laudatory post about him.

I really hope that the Plateau electorate will send a majority of PM representatives to Borough/City Council this time around. They seem to have an especially terrific slate of candidates. PM's candidate for mayor of the borough, Luc Ferrandez, in particular, appears quite impressive. Listen for example to these two radio debates, in which IMO Ferrandez trounced his Union opponent Michel Labrecque (who, unfortunately, will be very hard to beat). Or see this great video which documents the "partys de trottoir" that he holds regularly to communicate his ideas to the public.

I'm less psyched about the two PM candidates for whom I can vote in my neighborhood (for one thing, the website's video clip gives the impression that one of these candidates is unable to speak a word of French, which is deeply troubling [and no, this is not the same situation as Harel's difficulties with English, to preempt a potential response]), but I guess you can't have it all...

flight from kamakura

i am as sure as i can be that bergeron will be the next mayor.  the metro newspaper today ran five election-related stories today - two about projet montreal proposals, one about a quasi-pm endorsement (qs) and two about corruption.  le devoir is practically explicitly pro-harel but, conscious of its clientele, is moderately pro-pm, and virtually every editorialist at la presse has come out for pm over the last week.  even the gazette ran a pro-pm article today, which obviously doesn't make up for aubin's disgraceful hit piece yesterday, but whatever.  anti-establishmentism is all over, like literally every single personi've talked to (no exceptions) is pro-pm.  people really are sick of the shit streets, money hole projects, constant headlines about corruption and graft, poorly planned megaprojects, and worse, the poverty of the current regime's lack of vision.  it really feels to me like labonte's auto da fe only just tossed fuel onto a fire that was already burning pretty well.

it felt like this when amir won and when mulcair won. lol, but maybe that's just it.  well, at the very least, expect a pm sweep of the plateau.

Bärlüer

flight from kamakura wrote:

i am as sure as i can be that bergeron will be the next mayor.

I wish I could share your optimism as to PM's prospects... Incidentally, I wonder if there'll be new poll results before election day... I fear that PM doesn't have the GOTV machine that the other two parties have and which I have the feeling will play a very important role in determining the winner of the election. (I'm thinking especially of things like bussing senior citizens to the polls, stuff like that.)

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the metro newspaper today ran five election-related stories today - two about projet montreal proposals, one about a quasi-pm endorsement (qs) and two about corruption.

Yeah, PM has really been stepping up to the PR-machine plate in the last few days. Congrats!

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le devoir is practically explicitly pro-harel but, conscious of its clientele, is moderately pro-pm,

Not that I'm contesting this assessment — I haven't been following Le Devoir very closely — but do you know of any specific manifestations of this pro-harel attitude or is that more a general impression?

I remember that for the last election, Le Devoir had endorsed Tremblay but encouraged its readers to take a good look at the PM platform / to consider sending some PM representatives to city council. Wonder what they'll do this time around...

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and virtually every editorialist at la presse has come out for pm over the last week.

Again, this isn't evident to me. I know that Alain Dubuc has officially endorsed Tremblay (big surprise). As I've said in my earlier post, Marie-Claude Lortie has endorsed Alex Norris, but not PM itself. I have the impression that Nathalie Collard might be favorable to PM, but that's about it. Michèle Ouimet is very clearly anti-Tremblay, but doesn't seem too keen on Bergeron either, to say the least...

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even the gazette ran a pro-pm article today, which obviously doesn't make up for aubin's disgraceful hit piece yesterday, but whatever.

The Gazette editorial board has actually officially weighed in now: they endorse Tremblay. The editorial is pure garbage — and I'm not saying that merely because of the choice they've made. In a mind-boggingly appalling (if completely unsurprising) move, they rely on the good old Spectre of the Scary Sovereignist to dismiss Harel's candidature — when there are actually legitimate, compelling reasons not to vote for her (the stinkiness of the party she decided to associate with, the dismaying mediocrity of its platform, etc.).

The overwhelming majority of commenters are lambasting the editorial board, at least. Those who state who they would vote for pretty much all choose Bergeron.

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anti-establishmentism is all over, like literally every single personi've talked to (no exceptions) is pro-pm.

<Insert usual comments about how this might be saying more about the people you associate with than about the general electoral climate, etc.>

Many of the less-politically-attentive people I've talked to told me that they considered/were considering voting for Bergeron, but expressed concerns that Bergeron might be a little wacko. It's been my experience that the 9/11 stuff has garnered significant traction. Then again, this sort of controversy didn't stop Amir Khadir from getting elected...

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it felt like this when amir won and when mulcair won. lol, but maybe that's just it.

Crossing my fingers...

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well, at the very least, expect a pm sweep of the plateau.

You're really totally confident that Michel Labrecque will be defeated by PM candidate Luc Ferrandez? My impression is that Labrecque enjoys a pretty good reputation. He seems to be seen as the nice-mass-transit guy, the one-actually-good-guy-in-Union-Montréal, etc.

lagatta

By the way, googling "louise o'sullivan" "opus dei" will give you quite the stories about "Montréal - Ville-Marie" and this fascistic Catholic sect. They are utterly wacko.

flight from kamakura

yeah, i really do think labreque will be defeated.  trounced actually.  as for the gotv operation, let's get out there!

 

flight from kamakura

yeah, michele ouimet really is pro-harel.  anyway, aubin came out pretty strongly (if reluctantly) for bergeron today.

Infosaturated

I can't imagine voting for anyone other than PM.  Bergeron's platform and background are decent and in comparison to the competition there's just no contest. I very much hope he is our next Mayor.

Concerning Drapeau, those were different times. The Olympics were a fiasco but the Expo 67 was tremendous for Montreal and his greatest legacy by far is the Metro system.  Our stations are individual works of art and form the backbone of the underground city.

Stockholm

The final poll says its a three-way dead heat in the Montreal mayoralty race:

Harel 34%, Bergeron 32%, Tremblay 30%. Since the campaign began Bergeron went from 13% to 23% to 32%!!

I'd be more excited about this if I hadn't read a few stories about Bergeron that make him sound like a bit of a flake (ie: apparently he chain smokes and claims smoking is healthy)

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/elections-municipales/200910/29/01-...

 

Unionist

Stockholm wrote:

I'd be more excited about this if I hadn't read a few stories about Bergeron that make him sound like a bit of a flake (ie: apparently he chain smokes and claims smoking is healthy)

Aw c'mon, Stock - he's right. Chain smoking is way healthier than the regular kind.

Infosaturated

Stockholm wrote:

I'd be more excited about this if I hadn't read a few stories about Bergeron that make him sound like a bit of a flake (ie: apparently he chain smokes and claims smoking is healthy)

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/elections-municipales/200910/29/01-...

Smear tactic: http://www.cnw.ca/en/releases/archive/October2009/06/c4507.html

10. Mr. Bergeron publicly stated that by smoking he effectively reduces

his lung capacity thereby preventing himself from running too quickly
and hurting himself like he did when he stopped smoking cigarettes.

"I smoke because it is good for my health" La Presse, October 5th
2009.

Stockholm

There ARE some pretty bizarre comments by Bergeron in that release. I'd still vote for him - I'm just hoping that he actually has what it takes to be a good mayor. Speculating that the walk on the moon by Neil Armstrong might not have happened or thinking that the attacks on Sept. 11 were staged by the US government makes him come across as a bit of a kook. But he is still far preferable to the other two contenders.

Infosaturated

Due to some of the other criticisms I am suspicious over the quotes taken out of context. I agree that the 9/11 and moon walk quotes sound really strange but the context in which they were said could make them less outlandish than they appear at first glance. 

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I wonder if when W.C. Fields said "I never drink water. I'm afraid it will become habit forming," if the Water Safety Board issued a furious press release?

flight from kamakura

everything that michele ouimet says is bullshit.

anyway, all we have to do is bring this one home. and it shouldn't be too hard. 

bergeron =

trams in mtl by 2012, north america's most extensive network, in fact.
re-covering decarie
re-covering ville marie
no freeway expansions
creating a dozen grand boulevards
widening almost every important sidewalk in the city
creating up to 10 more pedestrian areas

tripling the bike paths

etc.

plus he's incorruptible, and a bergeron city staff bloodbath will probably save mtl 30% on construction contracts.  i don't know how i'll sleep tonight and tomorrow night.

V. Jara

This is going to be an exciting race on election night. I still think Harel will win it in a squeaker, but it looks like anyone could potentially win at this point.

Bärlüer

Holy crap — according to a Radio-Can reportage, Union Montréal apparently has a $1M budget just for the GOTV operation... Insane.

I now feel sort of obligated to lend a hand on D-Day.

Unionist

Bärlüer wrote:

Holy crap — according to a Radio-Can reportage, Union Montréal apparently has a $1M budget just for the GOTV operation... Insane.

I now feel sort of obligated to lend a hand on D-Day.

Me too. If only I knew whom to vote for...

 

Stockholm

Is it just me or is Bergeron very difficult to undertstand. my French is pretty good and I find him incomprehensible in that interview.

BTW: Everyone is talking about the mayoralty but is it possible that Projet Montreal could win a really large number of council seats even if Bergeron misses out of being mayor?

Unionist

Stockholm wrote:

Is it just me or is Bergeron very difficult to undertstand. my French is pretty good and I find him incomprehensible in that interview.

His hoarse voice creates a bit of difficulty, but I think the main problem is the butcher job of editing that someone has done to exaggerate the (admittedly) wacky parts of his interview.

I think if you just flip through the full (lengthy) original interview, you'll have an easier time following him:

http://archives.radio-canada.ca/environnement/ecologie/clips/17153/

 

Stockholm

If this interview is only coming out now, its probably too late to make much difference, the election is just a day and a half away. They needed to start discrediting Bergeron a long time ago

Bärlüer

No, it is VM that made the video montage. See this blog post.

Unionist

Tremblay's team is getting desperate. Here's a very selective excerpt they're sending around of a lengthy Radio-Canada interview with Bergeron from 1999. The interviewer is someone called Michaëlle Jean. Bergeron's comments are, of course, wacky, but this is bush-league politicking on Vision Montréal's part:

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMvpnDVsO44]Bergeron talking about the peculiar habits of women behind the wheel and other wacko theories[/url]

Now having said that I disdain UM's tactics, the guy's opinions really are a tad disturbing. Why can't we have a straight-out admirable candidate for mayor here? Oh well.

 

[EDITED to clarify that it's Union Montréal sending this thing around - specifically Helen Fotopulos - not VM as I first incorrectly stated - SORRY!]

[EDITED YET AGAIN because there's an allegation by Patrick Lagacé that it was produced by VM! Sigh...]

Unionist

Agreed. And it's quite shameful that the one spreading this character assassination stuff through emails is Helen Fotopulos.

Wow, now that I read my email more carefully, I realize it's not VM doing this at all. I'm retracting what I said above and editing it.

I retract my retraction. Who knows what's going on anyway.

 

Infosaturated

Less than three hours until the returns start coming in.  I hope everyone voted.

Voter turnout, 3 p.m.

At 3 p.m., the returning officer announced that 25,30 % of electors (278 332 )had exercised their right to vote at the municipal election. The total includes electors at the advance poll on October 25.

Polling stations will be open until 8 p.m. The addresses of polling stations are listed on the reminder mailed during the week of October 19, as well as under Where do I vote? on the site.

http://election-montreal.qc.ca/actualites/detail/Actualite-2009-11-02-3D...

 

Infosaturated

 

http://news.globaltv.com/world/Montrealers+away+from+voting/2165149/stor...

In the last municipal election, in 2005, voter turnout was 35 per cent, the lowest since those heady days of 1966, and that has observers wondering whether voter apathy will keep as many voters away from the polls in Sunday’s election.

http://election-montreal.qc.ca/index.en.html

1PM   17,48 %

3PM   25,30 %

5PM   32,02 %

It looks like we might beat the turn out for the 2005 election. I think that bodes well for Bergeron.

 

Unionist

Well, at this point (10:16 pm), it's looking as if Projet Montréal, while having about tripled its percentage since last time, will still place third overall, and not much better in my arrondissement.

But while waiting for more polls to report, read this [url=cheap">http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Bergeron+doesn+hate+cars+much/217001... smear on Bergeron[/url] in the Gazette - and, for a refreshing change, make sure to read the comments.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Is voting on a Sunday normal practice in Montreal?

Unionist

Boom Boom wrote:

Is voting on a Sunday normal practice in Montreal?

Municipal elections are held on the same day throughout Québec - and yes, last few times it's been on a Sunday - maybe always, but I can't recall. Certainly the past decade at least.

BTW, Projet Montréal knocked twice on my door today, and Union Montréal once, to gotv.

ottawaobserver

So, it looks like Richard Bergeron is not going to make it in the mayoralty race, but he also seems to be ahead in the borough he's running in ... is this a Montreal thing where he gets to run for two posts at once, and if he won the mayoralty the other woman he was running with in the borough would take the seat?

Meantime, of interest to NDPers:

 * Réal Ménard cleaned up in Mercier--Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, with PM in 2nd place

 * Alex Norris' results in Mile-End have not been counted as yet (Mulcair endorsed him, even if he didn't endorse Projet Montreal or anyone else in the municipal race)

 * Pierre Ducasse was not successful in Hull-Val-Tetreau (Gatineau Ward 8), but he did get some 40% of the vote.  He and his wife just had a baby, but hopefully by the time the federal election comes around again, he will be able to run again federally for us in Hull--Aylmer.

ottawaobserver

Sorry it didn't turn out better for you guys Unionist.  Look on the bright side ... at least you don't have Larry O'Brien.

Unionist

ottawaobserver wrote:

So, it looks like Richard Bergeron is not going to make it in the mayoralty race, but he also seems to be ahead in the borough he's running in ... is this a Montreal thing where he gets to run for two posts at once, and if he won the mayoralty the other woman he was running with in the borough would take the seat?

Yes. This originates with the "re-merger" of (parts of) Montréal, whereby it was divided into boroughs (arrondissements) with "mayors" and councils, as well as an "agglomeration council"... anyway, it's so dumb and complicated, I'm sure you can look it up. I'm a little tired, having dared to dream for a moment in recent weeks that we'd see some real change here. Anyway, I take comfort in the cynical thought that they're probably all corrupt or wannabe corrupt... nah, I take that back.

ETA: Ok, ottawaobserver, I looked up the official rule to answer your question properly:

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On ne peut poser sa candidature qu'à un seul poste, soit au poste de maire de la ville, au poste de maire d'arrondissement, à un poste de conseiller de la ville ou à un poste de conseiller d'arrondissement.

Toutefois, la personne qui pose sa candidature au poste de maire de la ville pour le compte d'un parti autorisé peut également poser sa candidature, conjointement avec une autre personne appelée « colistier », au poste de conseiller de la ville. Cependant, ce poste de conseiller de la ville exclut, pour les fins du colistier, le poste de maire d'arrondissement.

Si le candidat à la mairie de la ville est élu à ce poste et s'il obtient, avec son colistier, le plus grand nombre de votes à l'élection au poste de conseiller de la ville, il devient maire de la ville, et son colistier devient conseiller de la ville. Si, par contre, il est défait à la mairie de la ville, mais qu'il obtient avec son colistier le plus grand nombre de votes, il devient conseiller de la ville, de préférence à son colistier, à moins qu'il renonce par écrit à occuper ce poste dans les 30 jours de la proclamation de son élection à ce poste de conseiller de la ville.

My quickie translation:

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A person may run for only one position: mayor of the city, mayor of a borough, city councillor, or borough councillor.

However, a person who runs for city mayor on behalf of a registered party may also run, jointly with a "co-candidate", for city councillor. The "co-candidate", however, may not run as borough mayor.

If the city mayor candidate wins the mayoralty and if s/he obtains, together with her/his co-candidate, the greatest number of votes in the city councillor election, then s/he becomes city mayor and the co-candidate becomes city councillor. If, on the other hand, s/he is defeated as mayor but still obtains the largest number of votes together with the co-candidate for city council, s/he becomes city councillor (rather than the co-candidate) unless s/he renounces this position in writing within 30 days of being proclaimed elected [in which case - I think - the co-candidate becomes city councillor].

Hope that's clear now. Laughing

Bärlüer

In the spirit of taking solace where you can...:

- It looks like PM might very well do a complete sweep of the Plateau. PM is ahead in all races at the time of this post, including Nimâ Machouf, Bergeron's colistière, thus providing Bergeron a seat at city council.

- In particular, Luc Ferrandez won the borough mayorship. Yes!!! This is terrific. The guy just plain rocks. I had thought this would be a close race, but Ferrandez' margin is relatively comfortable. In fact, star candidate Michel Labrecque, of Union Montréal, is third behind Vision Montréal!!

- The tally apparently has yet to begin in 3 districts (2 of them being in Mile-End), but I'm pretty confident that PM will prevail there too.

- PM currently has the lead for borough mayorship in Ahuntsic (and in 2 of its districts), but the race is very close.

- PM will win the Sainte-Marie district in Ville-Marie (Benoit Labonté's former district...)

Debater

A good night for Gérald Tremblay - polls going into today showed the candidates statistically tied with Louise Harel in the lead, but he managed to win nevertheless.

Union Montreal also ended up with the majority of seats.

Considering how hard-fought a campaign it was, the result was not too bad for Tremblay.

Stockholm

I guess that I regard Gerald Tremblay as the lesser of two evils compared to Louise "Mme. Defarge" Harel.

Unionist

And Stockholm, I consider you the lesser of two, compared to the Swedish capital.

 

Infosaturated

It's really annoying that they are so slow in putting the results up on the webside.

http://resultats.election-montreal.qc.ca/index.en.html

I'd really like to know all the PM wins.

Debater

Stockholm wrote:

I guess that I regard Gerald Tremblay as the lesser of two evils compared to Louise "Mme. Defarge" Harel.

Indeed he was, and that is why he won.  He is also a uniter rather than a divider, and Montreal does not need to have a non-federalist mayor who will bring up the divisions of the past.

martin dufresne

I'll be interested in looking at a linguistic breakdown of the vote, to the extent that it can be assessed... and that such an exercise isn't demonized as "divisive"... Despite the widely known corruption of his administration, The Montreal Gazette was practically begging its readers to vote for Tremblay on Saturday. One more reason to acknowledge that the issue of Quebec demands must be settled before the Left can make significant gains here.

 

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