Mayor Coderre wants to rename street after Robert Bourassa

A little more than seven years after City Hall backtracked on a controversial plan to rename Park Ave. after the late Liberal premier Robert Bourassa, mayor Denis Coderre told his executive committee that he'd like to see a street renamed in his honor.

Coderre says a proposal to rename a street should be brought forward in the coming weeks.

"We haven't honored the memory of Robert Bourassa enough," Coderre says. "He was one of our greatest premiers."

In late 2006, former mayor Gerald Tremblay — who served as a cabinet minister in Bourassa's Liberal government in the early 1990s — announced plans to rename Park Ave. after Bourassa. The plan immediately ran into a wall of opposition from residents and local merchants. The city reluctantly backed off on the idea in February of 2007.

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  1. Barcham posted on 06/25/2014 12:32 PM
    Why should we name a street after a man who did more than any other Premier of Quebec to ruin Montreal and advance the separatist cause? If you insist to name a street after him, how about St.Laurent as Bourassa did more to keep English and French Montreal divided than any other?
  2. JohnH- posted on 06/25/2014 01:06 PM
    What is the definition of insanity? Repeating the same action over and over hoping for a different result.
  3. Karla Liebrandt posted on 06/25/2014 01:07 PM
    I have a better idea. Lets name a fence after him, since he was the greatest fence sitter of all time!
  4. Juge posted on 06/25/2014 01:34 PM
    I'd like to propose we change the name of Rene Levesque Blvd to honour Robert Bourassa. I'm sure RB would be smiling BIG time if that were done, but since there is less than a 0% chance of that happening, I'd suggest any numbered street so it will not change any historical aspect of the city.
  5. ssm posted on 06/25/2014 01:41 PM
    "nous avons suspendu les liberte's fondamentales"
    "nous avons suspendu les liberte's fondamentales"
    "we have suspended fundamental liberties"
    - - Robert Bourassa
    In keeping with the language laws and in the absence of the ability to use a font twice the size for French than for any minority language, I quoted bourassa 2x in French.
    Let's guess what kind of current name the soon to be renamed street has and in what neighbourhood. Do you think the Richler Gazebo will be fixed sooner or later? It really began to seriously deteriorate as soon as they named it.
  6. Mico posted on 06/25/2014 01:44 PM
    NO. Rename a Park and not rename Parc Ave..
  7. john posted on 06/25/2014 01:57 PM
    How about Blvd Rene Levesque?
  8. John Tait posted on 06/25/2014 02:24 PM
    May I suggest Rene Lesvesque blvd.
  9. Mike posted on 06/25/2014 03:39 PM
    We've been done this road before...haven't we? I seem to recall a huge backlash back when Mayor Tremblay attempted this. Tell our distinguished Mayor he should look to history and avoid repeating it.
  10. Richard posted on 06/25/2014 06:38 PM
    How about you fix a road first...then you can name it

    I have never seen a mayor who spends so much time on trivial no-one-cares issues like this guy
  11. Murray posted on 06/25/2014 07:07 PM
    I find this amusing as I asked a question concerning the changing of the name of the Lionel Groulx station to something else at the lasst CDN-NDG council meeting.

    As Lionel Groulx was a racist why not change the name of the station to Robert Bourassa?
  12. Jerry posted on 06/25/2014 08:20 PM
    Mayor, with all due respect, I was elated when you were elected mayor of our fine city; replacing Bozo Tremblay and his band of thieves, but try to understand that Montreal doesn't need the names of its signs changed. It needs the roads we drive on to be repaired or redone. Please put your/all priorities in order of 'common sense' and I am strongly advising you not to go down a path where the people already spoke about renaming Parc Avenue to Robert Bourassa.... We do not want it there!!!!
    1. Robert posted on 06/26/2014 06:41 PM
      @Jerry i agree with you Jerry regarding the fixing of the roads but i also want the mayor to rename a street "Robert Bourassa" as yes he was a great premier.
  13. Waren posted on 06/25/2014 11:29 PM
    Maybe they can rename Boul. Rene Levesque ?
  14. Brahm Zuckerman posted on 06/26/2014 11:57 AM
    How about fixing our streets instead of renaming them. Our roads are in such poor shape. Shame on you for not thinking of fixing them before renaming them. And god help any Mayor who would want to name a street after Pauline Marois in the future.
  15. al posted on 06/26/2014 01:40 PM
    How much will this cost. The street already has a name. Maybe we should change your name from Coderre to Mayor Bourassa, that shouldn't cost the taxpayer monies.
  16. mp posted on 06/29/2014 03:43 PM
    Was Bourassa reponsible for bill 178? Je me souviens...
  17. Marc posted on 07/02/2014 08:35 AM
    SUGGESTION: The new bridge that will replace the Champlain. NO ONE LIVES THERE OR HAS OFFICES THERE SO NO ADDRESS CHANGES. Am I a genius or what?
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