Toronto politicians respond to Coderre's 'nightlife' crack

Denis Coderre's offhand remarks from last Friday about Toronto's nightlife have drawn a response from some Toronto politicians.

Last Friday, Coderre confirmed his administration's pilot project to have 19 bars on St. Denis and Crescent Sts. remain open until 6 a.m. on some nights this summer. Answering questions from reporters about the project, he said, "There is a nightlife in Montreal. The only reason there's one in Toronto is because there's half a million Montrealers who've moved there in the past."

Some municipal politicians in Canada's largest city took the opportunity to poke at Montreal's problems.

"The mayor of Montreal may have had one too many," Toronto councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong told The National Post. "Most people left Montreal because of economic and political instability and they stay away because of government corruption and bridges that are falling apart."

Another councillor, Peter Milczyn, took a shot at the language laws in effect in Montreal: “You can drink in Toronto in any number of languages, and no one is going to complain if the sign is in another language — beer, bier, cerveza.”

The crack even drew a reaction on a Friday afternoon newscast at CJAD's sister station Newstalk 1010 in Toronto. Afternoon newscaster David McKee — a longtime former CJAD afternoon newscaster — referred to Coderre as a "douche", saying the mayor "continues to prove what a jerk he is."

No comment was recorded from the mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford — who is apparently quite familiar with Toronto's nightlife.

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  1. Jack Lellington posted on 04/29/2014 10:43 AM
    Toronto just banned electronic dance music on its public grounds, they sure know how to party.
  2. Marc posted on 04/29/2014 10:48 AM
    RE Rob Ford: Very funny Richard - now you guys are taking potshots at each other's Mayors between sister stations :-) You'll have no end of fun with this!
  3. Theresa posted on 04/29/2014 11:17 AM
    Mr Coderre is absolutely right...
    I like Toronto, however, Montreal have a better night and many Montrealers that have moved there had significant impact on the growth of the city..
  4. Melviews posted on 04/29/2014 11:54 AM
    Now all the drunks in Montreal have an excuse to drink all night--they are just waiting till the subway opens so they can get, I mean get to work. Just think of all the drunks sharing the ride to work every morning. (I guess taking the subway home will be safer than risking you life on the Champlain Bridge!)

    PS...most of us Torontonians left Montreal due to the lack of a decent nightlife as well as the crumbling bridges, crooked politicians and language police. At least when we elect a Mayor, we keep him (no matter what!].
    1. Richard posted on 05/01/2014 04:26 PM
      @Melviews You left Montreal due to the lack of a decent night life?
      And went to Toronto?


      And what's the point of keeping a mayor but stripping him of his powers?
  5. Barcham posted on 04/29/2014 01:06 PM
    I think Coderre should be forced to apologize in council for his insulting remarks to Toronto. Just as he forced Jeremy Searle to apologize for his comments regarding separatists.
    1. Richard posted on 05/01/2014 04:24 PM
      @Barcham Apologize for being right?
      And by whom?
  6. Mark posted on 04/30/2014 01:18 PM
    I have to agree that Mayor Coderre is a douche. What a stupid thing for him to have said in the first place. We all know why half a million Montrealers moved to Toronto - because of discriminatory language laws like Bill 101. Nothing to be proud of, M. Coderre. Anyone with half a brain knows that this city will never, EVER prosper until a language-free zone is established here. NEVER! Until our elected "Leaders" get their collective heads out of you know where, and realize the harm that these laws have inflicted on our once-beautiful city, Montreal will continue on its downward spiral to becoming a has-been metropolis.
    1. Richard posted on 05/01/2014 04:22 PM
      @Mark While I agree with you The mayor has no say on language laws
  7. Murray man@ posted on 05/02/2014 08:01 PM
    Montreal has night life but not much else. Coderre looks super as a mayor but look at what Montreal has a mayor for the 11 previous years! :o)

    Coderre leads the least charitable people in Canada/US. He earned $187,000 and donated $1,000 to charity in 2012. Very impressive man! :o)
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