New party at Montreal City Hall?

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 1/28/2013 2:55:00 PM

The could be a new political party in the works at Montreal City Hall.

Veteran city councillor Marvin Rotrand tells CJAD news he's been speaking with independent city councillors about the possibility of forming a new entity, a "party of independents", as he calls it, based on "competence and solutions."

"I have been given some mandates by a number of individuals who would like to see a new type of party presenting itself for the next municipal election," Rotrand says. "People say there's too much bickering at city hall, too much partisanship. The parties as they exist now are too ideological and conflictual, and people are looking for something much less rigid."

He says we will know more about whether or not the new party will get off the ground by the end of February.

Rotrand also won't reveal his leadership plans:"My role [...] will be simply limited to being the contact person as the law requires," he explained to reporters. "It does not mean that I have any desire to be a mayoralty candidate or the leader of this party."

Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Applebaum, a former colleague of Rotrand's at Union Montreal, says he was approached a few weeks ago about the party, but doesn't intend to get involved.

"I will stay out of the politics and look after serving the citizens," the mayor said.

Laura Casella and Sarah Deshaies contributed to this report.

Photo: La Presse

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