Mayor-elect Denis Coderre will preside over a city council that'll look much different than the last one.
For one thing, he will not have a council majority to work with.
Coderre's candidates won 27 seats last night — six short of a majority. Many of them are returning veterans from Gerald Tremblay's old Union Montreal party — including Mary Deros (Park Extension), Benjamin Frantz (St. Michel), Harout Chatilian (Bordeaux-Cartierville), and Lionel Perez (Darlington).
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Longtime councillor Helen Fotopoulos, however, is in danger of losing her place on council. At 11 a.m. Monday, the official vote count shows her trailing Projet Montreal's Magda Popeanu in the Cote-des-Neiges by 51 votes, with a handful of ballot boxes left to count.
Richard Bergeron's Projet Montreal party will now be the official opposition on council, having made a significant breakthrough. It will hold 20 seats on the new council, having swept their traditional strongholds in the Plateau Mont-Royal and Rosemont-Petite-Patrie boroughs, and making gains in the Ville-Marie, Sud-Ouest and Cote-des-neiges/NDG boroughs.
The final official vote tally gave Bergeron the victory for a council seat in the downtown St. Jacques district by just 91 votes over Philippe Schnobb, the former Radio-Canada journalist running under Coderre's banner. The result is likely to be subject to a recount.
In Sud-Ouest, Projet Montreal appears to have swept the city council and borough council seats — Craig Sauvé (St. Henri-Little Burgundy-Point St. Charles) and Anne-Marie Sigouin (St. Paul-Emard) won their council seats, while Sophie Thiébault and Alain Vaillancourt won their borough council seats.
And Mindy Pollak comfortably won her race in the Claude-Ryan district of Outremont. She's the first Hasidic woman elected to council. Also running against her was Charles Prevost-Linton, who's well known as the Bell Centre's anthem singer. He finished a distant fourth.
Despite Melanie Joly's coming in second in the mayoralty vote, her candidates didn't do nearly as well. Her Vrai Changement Pour Montreal team snagged only four council seats.
Marcel Côté's Coalition Montreal party has six seats on the new council, including longtime councillor Marvin Rotrand (Snowdon).
There are nine elected councillors not affiliated with any of the four major parties.
Many returning borough mayors
Of the borough mayor races, the most dramatic one is the race in the Sud-Ouest borough. Incument Benoit Dorais, running with Coalition Montreal, is ahead of Projet Montreal's Jason Prince by a few dozen votes, with a handful of ballot boxes left to count.
Team Coderre dominated the borough mayor races: Alan Desousa (St. Laurent), Pierre Gagnier (Ahuntsic-Cartierville), Gilles Deguire (Montreal North), Chantal Rouleau (RDP-PAT), Michel Bissonnet (St. Leonard), Anie Samson (Villeray-St. Michel-Park Extension), Jean-François Parenteau (Verdun) and Jim Beis (Pierrefonds-Roxboro) won their seats for Coderre's team.
Luc Ferrandez and François Croteau easily won re-election for Projet Montreal in the Plateau Mont-Royal and Rosemont-Petite-Patrie boroughs, respectively.
Coalition Montreal won the mayor's job in Cote-des-Neiges/NDG, with former Liberal MNA Russell Copeman taking it. Real Menard easily won re-election in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
Melanie Joly's candidate Noirmand Marinacci is the new borough mayor in Ile-Bizard-Ste. Genevieve.
And several other high-profile candidates in some other boroughs were re-elected on their own independent slates: Manon Barbe (Lasalle), Luis Miranda (Anjou), Marie Cinq-Mars (Outremont) and Claude Dauphin (Lachine) were all elected as part of the Union Montreal team in 2009.