Fixing city's roads should be top campaign priority: survey
The overwhelming majority of Montrealers — almost 90 per cent — say fixing Montreal's crumbling roads should be a priority for the next municipal administration.
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal commissioned Leger Marketing to conduct a web survey of 500 people to determine whether the business community's wish list for a new regime at city hall matches that of the the general public.
The Board's president, Michel Leblanc, says the bad shape of the city's roads is a major impediment to economic growth, and that the delays and cost overruns of projects make things worse.
Among the survey's other findings — 80 percent believe the city is overgoverned, 76 per cent say the sheer number of elected officials slows down the decision-making process, and 56 percent believe, essentially, there are too many boroughs, and borough mayors.
Three quarters of respondents believe Montreal still has a solid international reputation, though one-fifth disagree.
Meanwhile, Leblanc suggests we could be in for the most interesting mayoralty race in years, because each of the four leading candidates brings a distinct vision to the city.
"[Denis] Coderre is a strong politician, he speaks loudly about issues he believes in," Leblanc says. "[Marcel] Cote has been a consultant for many years; you could see that he's thought about what he's proposing. And then you have Richard Bergeron, who definitely from an urbanistic point of view has a great, great vision for his city. And you have Melanie Joly...who brings youth, vision, and desire for change in the city.
"I think we're going to have an exciting month."