At a crowded ceremony at City Hall packed with political figures past and present, the city of Montreal officially announced it will rename a chunk of University street after late premier Robert Bourassa.
Amidst Bourassa's former political allies, as well as some of his opponents, Mayor Denis Coderre said University street between Notre-Dame and Sherbrooke will be renamed Boulevard Robert Bourassa.
That's a longer stretch than previously speculated, when it was thought the name change would end at the intersection of the boulevard bearing the name of the premier's longtime rival, Rene Levesque.
University will keep its name above Sherbrooke.
Coderre said he got the go-ahead from McGill University and that the street name's language was never an issue.
"University has a reason to be there, and at one point you had Rene-Levesque and Westmount kept Dorchester, so don't come here with a language war," he said. "It's all about recognition."
Coderre described Bourassa as a proud Montrealer, the youngest Premier in Quebec's history - he was first elected in 1970 at age 36 - and the man who brought Quebec into the modern world.
The move still has to be approved by the provincial government but Coderre is confident that will happen soon.