Montreal’s mayor to host TV show with Quebecor-owned company

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre has confirmed that he will host a TV program in the fall. Tim Sargeant/Global News

MONTREAL – The mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, is set to take part in a weekly show on the French-language television station LCN.

In a 30-minute program called J’ai une question, Monsieur le maire (I have a question, Mr. Mayor), Coderre, accompanied by a news anchor, will answer questions submitted via social media from viewers in Montreal and other regions of Quebec.

Coderre said on Wednesday that he hoped it would offer him an opportunity to connect directly with citizens. While he referred to his predecessor Jean Drapeau (once described by opponents as a “combination of Walt Disney and Al Capone”), who also had a TV show during his time as mayor, Coderre did not mention the mayor of Toronto’s foray into television.

Ford Nation was a TV program that aired on Sun News Network, which like LCN, is also owned by Quebecor.

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The show featured two Toronto politicians, mayor Rob Ford and his brother, city councillor Doug Ford, Jr., and was cancelled after one airing on November 18, 2013.

Coderre also mentioned on Wednesday that he was in talks with other TV and radio channels for the development of an English counterpart for the show, “to ensure the balance.”

J’ai une question, Monsieur le maire is set to air on October 3 with 26 episodes.

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