Montreal elections 2017: Mayor Denis Coderre reflects on last four years
Coderre joined Global’s Jamie Orchard to discuss his attempts to change Montreal during his first term.
“We are not talking about corruption anymore,” said Coderre.
“We have integrity, we’re very fiscally responsible, the team did a tremendous job and now people are happy.”
Coderre is looking for a second term in municipal politics after spending 16 years as a member of parliament.
The mayor argued that’s exactly what he did.
“We put Montreal on the map, we’re making sure that we bring back wealth,” said Coderre.
“We are relevant with Quebec, we have a new metropolis status, which is enormous.”
Montreal was granted the status by Quebec on Sept. 21.
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The city now has increased autonomy; it can develop major commercial and residential projects, provide some business tax credits and has a bigger role in welcoming new immigrants to the province.
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What about traffic construction?
“We’ve been transparent since Day One,” Coderre said.
“We’ve let down our infrastructure for over 30 years, it’s short-term pain for long-term gain.”
The new structures should be ready by 2020, a development Coderre said he envisioned.
As a lifetime politician, the mayor said he is expecting a tight race.
“An election is never sure,” admitted Coderre.
“You never take things for granted, and I respect that.”
Municipal elections throughout the province are set to take place Nov. 5.
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