Montreal mayoral candidates take part in debate
The four main Montreal mayoral candidates took part in a debate Friday evening at the UQAM campus, the first ahead of the November 3rd municipal elections.
Topics included, public transit, the homeless, youth issues as well as mental health issues.
Inexperienced candidates Marcel Coté and Melanie Joly seemed to hold their own and then some against veterans Richard Bergeron and Denis Coderre.
On the lingusitc front, all the candidates stated Montreal is a French city first, but also noted the importance of bilingualism.
As well, they said more has to be done to improve public transit, but there seemed to be no agreement on how that should be done.
Joly stated there should more express bus lanes, while Bergeron called for more investments in public transit.
But Coté and Coderre were more reserved as to what they would do regaridng public transit.
Two other mayoral candidates, Michel Brulé and Michel Benoit were not invited, but attended the debate.
Vision Montreal leader Louise Harel also took in the debate.
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