Coderre takes shot at Toronto nightlife

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Montreal mayor Denis Coderre said the pilot project this summer that would extend opening hours for a select group of bars amplifies Montreal's reputation as a party city.

That's in contrast with a certain other, larger city down the 401, westward.

Coderre said "If we want to conduct ourselves as a metropolis, this is the kind of question you should ask yourself. There is a nightlife in Montreal. The only reason there is one in Toronto is because half a million Montrealers moved there in the past. That's it."

The comments were not particularly welcomed in Toronto.

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  1. Karen posted on 04/25/2014 06:29 PM
    I have to admit, I gasped a bit when I read that last bit, because we all try to be so politically correct and all, but he's so right!
  2. First Up Jack posted on 04/25/2014 06:35 PM
    This a 24/7 world. How about a few big chain dept stores ,grocery stores too. We are not dead people here. Let's pick it up Mr Mayor. Action that is a night life.
    1. Daemoncan posted on 04/26/2014 01:50 PM
      @First Up Jack As usual, the problem with having extended hours on grocery & big box stores is the provincial govt. They set the rules on opening hours & staffing levels. IMHO, if a business wants to be open at midnight, and can find people willing to work those hours, then let them.
  3. Nicolas posted on 04/25/2014 07:11 PM
    Toronto's nitelife is rocking because of the Ford binges!!!!
  4. Terry posted on 04/25/2014 07:20 PM
    So Denis, Why did half a million people move to Toronto?
  5. JohnH- posted on 04/26/2014 11:34 AM
    The reason people in Toronto don't have a night life is because. They spend most of their evenings trying to pick out what clothes they are going to wear to work in the morning. Some work to live. Other's live to work. GO HABS GO!!!
  6. Montrealgirl posted on 04/26/2014 04:45 PM
    Shouldn't the mayor be more concerned that a half a million people have moved to Toronto? Keeping bars open longer, is only profiting bar and club owners, and the cityhas enough drunks!
    1. lena73 posted on 04/30/2014 08:48 AM
      @Montrealgirl Your comment is shortsighted.
      When a business stays open, it gives more people jobs, it creates more taxes to pay the govt, it increases consumerism.
      I wouldn't worry too much about the 500k that supposedly left for t.o.
      The population in Quebec rises every year. We are over 8 million now.
      This "groupthink" mentality needs to stop
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