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.