Section of University Street to be renamed Robert Bourassa

Mayor Denis Coderre has decided that a portion of University Street in downtown Montreal will be renamed to honour the memory of former Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa.

The decision comes after some two months of discussions and consultations including with officials at McGill University who have approved the proposal to rename the section of University Street below Rene Levsque in Bourassa's honour.

La Presse reports this morning that relatives of the late Premier have been invited to a ceremony in the Hall of Honour at city hall August 27th at which time the announcement is expected.

The Commission de toponymie, the organization which manages place names in Quebec will meet September 2nd at which time the proposal may be approved.

In the fall the city will finalize plans to rebuild the Bonaventure Expressway transforming it into an urban boulevard which will  run from the Lachine Canal to Notre Dame connected to what is currently University Street.

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  1. Paul posted on 08/19/2014 06:42 AM
    With McGill University dropping in the standings like a brick, it appears to be very appropriate.
  2. GT posted on 08/19/2014 08:01 AM
    Why is there a need for renaming existing roads?? There are plenty of new roads where new condo developments are under construction, assign the name of past and useless politicians to these roads. Why do we need to honor the man at the root of Bill 22, FLQ, and 20 years of PQ hell??
  3. Enzo posted on 08/19/2014 09:52 AM
    Love it - cannot wait to see the intersection of Rue Robert Bourassa and Boul. Rene Levesque. That is a picture I will take.
  4. JohnH- posted on 08/19/2014 10:06 AM
    Here we go again. They didn't learn anything from the Parc Ave. nonsense.
  5. brian l posted on 08/19/2014 12:42 PM
    Just another slap in he face to the English community by. ridding Montreal of another English name.When and where were any public consultations held? What about the costs and inconvenience to businesses and residence owners
  6. al posted on 08/19/2014 01:56 PM
    Take the monies and FIX THE ROADS. Bourassa is dead end road..
  7. Michael C posted on 08/19/2014 04:33 PM
    Down with another english name street. Robert Bourassa started the decline of our city with Bill22. Why do we honour someone who wanted to marginalize the english speaking community and in doing so drove 10's of thousands of jobs down the 401? But then again we renamed Dorchester after 150 years to a man who escalated the job lost to the 100's of thousands. Our beautiful city has never recovered from the antics of these 2 men but we are going to honour them. Doesn't make sense!
  8. Barcham posted on 08/19/2014 04:59 PM
    Robert Bourassa does not deserve to be remembered. The damage he did to this province and country still resonates today and it will be many more decades before it is forgotten. The only possible name change that I would support would be to change the name of the Lionel Groulx Metro Station. After all, they already plan to use taxpayer money to redo most of the Metro station name plaques so this would not add any extra expense to the tax payers.

    But my absolute preference would be to simply let this man and his name fade into obscurity where he belongs.
  9. Richard posted on 08/19/2014 08:25 PM
    And again our fine Mayor shows us that he has no meaning of the word "PRIORITY"
    Lets keep the bars open until 6
    Lets get calorie counters in fast food restaurants
    Lets rename the streets

    Doesn't matter that we cant drive on those streets....lets rename them
  10. Rob posted on 08/22/2014 12:17 PM
    It's a waste of money. I think Trudeau was a great politician, but I still call it DORVAL AIRPORT.

    Rene Levesque Blvd? I still call it Dorchester!

  11. Paul posted on 08/23/2014 01:34 AM
    There are many cities that have a tendency to name streets with one or more names . . . depending upon where you are on the given. Usually not the end of the world for locals, but a nightmare for visitors.

    I have a better idea (snicker, snicker ;-) ).

    Take DORCHESTER boulevard, and name the east bound lanes Rene Levesque, and the west bound lanes Robert Bourassa

    Love to see the fallout from that one
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