LISTEN: Richard Bergeron speaks with Andrew Carter
There are only a few weeks to go before Montrealers hit voting polls on November 3 to choose the next mayor. This week CJAD will be hosting all four mayoralty candidates.
Richard Bergeron with Projet Montreal was the first to chat with Andrew Carter Tuesday morning about everything from running the Montreal marathon to driving a taxi at the age of eighteen.
“The house is almost clean right now but the danger is the comeback of corruption and collusion at city hall.” Bergeron said when Andrew Carter asked him what Montreal’s greatest challenge is.
Bergeron says the next priority is public transit and that his tramway project will be a cheap solution to transit problems.
“It’ll cost between $40 and $55 million dollars/km to build but we’ll save a lot of money to operate the tram, it is three times cheaper than buses and four times cheaper than the metro.”
When Andrew Carter asked Bergeron how he felt about the condition of streets in Montreal, he says that while he doesn't own a car and drives about twice a month, the city has already invested close to a billion dollars to fix road problems.
“Everybody knows that everything was outsourced to the private sector, and with the Commission Charbonneau we know where the money went. The job was not well done, that’s why a few years after we paid a lot of money, we have the same problems.”
Mayoralty candidates will be speaking to Andrew Carter all week at 7:10 AM; Marcel Côté is on Wednesday, Mélanie Joly on Thursday and Denis Coderre will be in studio Friday.