Montreal elections 2017: Mayoral candidates from CDN-NDG and Côte Saint-Luc go head-to-head in debate
Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to people who are shaping our community, and brings their stories into focus.
It airs on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and midnight.
With the municipal elections in Quebec just around the corner, candidates are campaigning in earnest.
Focus Montreal is hosting a series of televised debates in the lead-up to Nov. 5.
Côte Saint-Luc mayoral candidates’ debate
We begin with the race in Côte Saint-Luc, the third largest municipality on the island of Montreal.
It enjoys top-notch sports and recreation programs, a state-of-the-art aquatic centre, 28 parks and one of the top municipal public libraries in the province.
However, the residential oasis is not without its challenges. Côte Saint-Luc has a rapidly aging population and the city has seen a steady increase in taxes since the demerger vote back in 2004.
Another issue is the seemingly endless debate, study and frustration over the proposed extension to Cavendish Boulevard.
CDN-NDG mayoral candidates’ debate
Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG) is the most populous borough in the city.
It is home to more than 165,000 residents of 75 different nationalities, making it one of the most ethnically diverse communities on the island.
There is a mix of families and students in the borough that also home to two university campuses.
The big issues are traffic congestion, public transit, infrastructure work and services in general, from snow removal to park maintenance.
In this debate, CDN-NDG borough mayor Russell Copeman goes head-to-head with former Montreal Gazette journalist and co-creator of #BeenRapedNeverReported, Sue Montgomery; and former president of the Order of Engineers of Quebec and Engineers Canada, Zaki Ghavitian.
Next week, Global News will hold debates with mayoral candidates from the cities of Beaconsfield and Vaudreuil-Dorion.
WATCH BELOW: Election issues in Vaudreuil-Dorion are heating up between incumbent mayor Guy Pilon and candidate Pierre Seguin.
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