Valérie Plante elected first female mayor of Montreal
“Montreal is open for business,” the mayor-elect declared to the large, cheering crowd at the Corona Theatre, in Montreal’s Sud-Ouest borough.
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It was a tight race from the start of the evening, with Plante leading with at least 51 per cent of the vote.
“She ran a perfect campaign,” Global News municipal politics analyst Karim Boulos explained.
“This is a reflection of her getting people to go out and vote.”
Incumbent mayor Denis Coderre followed in a close second, looking for a second term in municipal politics after spending 16 years as a member of parliament.
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Plante, who noted her roots as a working mother, campaigned on issues including improving public transport to curb congestion and traffic, while keeping taxes down.
That included her proposal of a new pink line on Montreal’s Metro, which would connect Montreal North to Lachine.
“I do politics because I care — ultimately what I want for my kids is what I want for Montrealers,” she told Global News during the campaign.
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Of the eight candidates in the running for the city’s top job, Coderre and Plante were the clear front-runners.
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The Island of Montreal is divided into 15 municipalities and the City of Montreal, which has 19 boroughs.
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Plante, a former Sainte-Marie district city councillor, was named leader of opposition party Projet Montréal in December 2016.
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