Denis Coderre Will Do What?

For Denis Coderre, there was good news and bad news last night. The good news, of course, is that he won the election and will be the 44th Mayor of Montreal. The bad news is that he does NOT have a majority on city council. He has 28 seats versus 22 for Projet Montreal. In other words, he will be facing a powerful Projet Montreal opposition that is dictatorial, doctrinaire and allergic to compromise.

Less than 6 percentage points separated Denis Coderre from his nearest rival, newcomer Melanie Joly. He surpassed her vote total by some 25,000 votes, the overwhelming majority of those votes coming from his home base in Montreal North and RDP. Denis Coderre told me that he is taking some time today to savour his victory, but this man certainly does have his work cut out for him. There are plenty of problems in this town, and despite what I told Andrew Carter the morning after the election, they cannot ALL be fixed by Wednesday.

Montreal is broke and that simply cannot continue. If Denis Coderre succeeds in cutting the waste at city hall and making every bidding process as transparent as possible, he will already have achieved much. I hope and expect that he will hire Marcel Cote as chief economic adviser before the end of month. The two of them should finally be able to ensure that Montreal gets the respect that it deserves as the financial engine of the entire province.

If Coderre makes that happen, if he personally makes sure we no longer are forced to pay a 30 per premium for road repair and if he works hard to make sure that Montreal is  leaner, cleaner and cheaper, then we will be way ahead of where we were and this city may yet become an international capital.

Coderre may be slick, but he may be just the guy to stand up to PQ leader Pauline Marois. When I asked him what he will talk about when he goes to Quebec City to see her, he suggested that she should come here to Montreal. She won’t be meeting a grovelling underling. She will be meeting her equal.

Montreal is distinct from the rest of the province and it deserves much more respect than it has been getting for decades.

If Coderre succeeds in convincing the premier of that simple fact, he will have done more than the last five mayors combined.

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  1. lena73 posted on 11/04/2013 07:45 PM
    Ya whatever. He's a politician:
    "When I asked him what he will talk about when he goes to Quebec City to see her, he suggested that she should come here to Montreal. She won’t be meeting a grovelling underling. She will be meeting her equal."
    Don't you love this non-answer answer?
    I'm willing to bet with you Tommy, that within the next 1 1/2 yrs, he too will be on the corruption train with everyone else.
  2. ray posted on 11/06/2013 06:24 AM
    Good Luck to the man give him the opportunity to bring Montreal back up to its former glory of years ago !!!!!! Enough is enough Montreal is the jewel of Canada we no longer need to be on the bottom of the list. Let him try to get the investors back and rebuild Montreal
  3. Le Québécois posted on 11/06/2013 11:15 PM
    Quebec is not distinct from the rest of Canada but Montreal is a distinct society ?

    It is distinct the same way that Lac St-Jean is distinct from Quebec City, Gatineau from Drummondville, Toronto from Thunderbay, etc.

    "She will be meeting her equal."

    Montreal is an administration and not a government. Coderre understands that and repeated it himself several times.

    Quebec is a nation, not Montreal.

    Montreal's region is the powerhouse of Quebec, not the city itself.

    1/2 of Quebec's population lives in the Montreal region, Montreal is Quebec and Quebec is Montreal. The city of Montreal serves the nation of Quebec, period.

    The only people that feel otherwise are the municipal separatists that no longer live in "Montreal". :)
    1. Rooster posted on 11/12/2013 08:17 AM
      @Le Québécois In reading the comments of Le Quebecois we can see how cleverly and eloquently he addresses the important issues of all citizens.
      I can only say with insights like this the important issues like a drop out rate of 20%, chronic corruption and economic paralysis due to a never ending childish debate about language, are going to be solved.
      Can we please address the drop out rate as it is a tragedy for each individual and for our society.
  4. John Stiles posted on 11/10/2013 11:25 AM
    It doesn't really mean much when you change the players yet the show stays the same. It will take many years if not a decade to undo what has been done. If you want to talk corruption what about the SAAQ, SAQ, CSST, CSN, FTQ and more important the Healthcare system that always needs more and more money but never seems to improve. We hear and know that various systems around the world work and are always being improved and here we remain stagnant.
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