Valérie Plante, "the man" for the mayor's job?

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I wonder how many paper shredders are overheating at city hall right now.

Opération déchiquetage à l'hôtel de ville de Montréal

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The secret of Valérie Plante's Montreal success

Valérie Plante has made municipal politics interesting again.

Pulling off the greatest political upset the City of Montreal has seen in a long time, she managed to beat the powerful voting machine of incumbent mayor Denis Coderre and coast to a resounding victory. What should have been a cakewalk for the latter, ended with him being the first Montreal mayor in 60 years to be denied a second term, and with Plante becoming the first woman to be elected mayor in the city's 375-year history.

Does Plante owe part of her victory to the sweeping influence of the #MeToo movement and an overwhelming desire by voters to disassociate from the Old Boys’ network and an era of arrogant men steamrolling through what they wanted? Without a doubt.

There has been general disgust and anger with the recent sexual assault allegations involving prominent Quebec figures such as former Just for Laughs president Gilbert Rozon and talk show host Éric Salvail. Those, in turn, were triggered by a wave of similar allegations sweeping Hollywood and a Trump presidency that has triggered a rise in hate speech and misogyny.

There were certainly no such allegations of inappropriate behaviour against Coderre. But he was caught up as collateral damage in a tide of anger. Many Montrealers punished the former federal cabinet minister to dismantle an old system.

Coderre brought on his own downfall with arrogance, a lack of transparency, and a type of “Father knows Best” condescending attitude that led him to steamroll ideas through, even when Montrealers told him clearly that they were not even vaguely interested in them.....


Speaking of arrogance:

Ousted in the election, Richard Bergeron seeks a job with the party he founded

Now, unemployed after losing his seat on city council, Bergeron makes no secret of the fact that he wants a job with Valérie Plante's administration — even if, three days before the election, he warned that Projet Montréal was "radical" and "far left."

His criticism of his old party, he said, was part of the "political game."

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No congrats for Montreal Mayor Plante

When Valerie Plante was elected mayor of Montreal on November 8, she acknowledged the historic moment in her victory speech, telling a packed room of supporters that she was humbled and proud to break the glass ceiling.

“Tonight, we wrote a new page in Montreal’s history. Three hundred and seventy-five years after Jeanne Mance co-founded the city, Montreal has its first female mayor.”

Given the scope and significance of this milestone, one would expect other politicians to reach out and offer congratulations. Certainly, many did. Some, however, did not consider the achievement meritorious enough to validate with even the most elementary of gestures. Enter the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) council and a study in pettiness.


Pivotal moments will continue to happen

The Montreal election was a pivotal moment, not just because of Plante’s win, but because of a record-breaking number of women elected as borough mayors and borough and city councillors in and around the island of Montreal. For the first time ever, there are more women than men in Montreal City Hall. While this is particularly welcome news to equality advocates and those who wish to see more women in politics and in the public arena, it’s understandably scary to those who enjoy the status quo and how it’s benefited them in the past.