Pink Jacques Cartier Bridge a ‘coincidence’ to Valérie Plante’s historic win

Montreal's Jacques-Cartier Bridge turned pink during the mayoral election, Sunday, November 5, 2017. Yannick Gadbois / Global News

Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge turned pink as the municipal elections got underway Sunday.

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The pink lighting coincided with the victory of the city’s first female mayor, Valérie Plante.

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According to Jacques Cartier Bridge officials, the colour was not intended to symbolize Plante’s historic win; it was purely coincidental.

“The bridge cycles through 365 different colours during the year,” said Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated spokesperson Cathy Beauséjour.

“During November, the bridge is a shade of pink as the seasons transition from autumn’s reds to winter’s blues.”

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There is also an hourly light show based on ‘the energy of the city,’ which follows current affairs on social media.

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The colour used to represent politics is a shade of pink, which made for the constant colour Sunday night.

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The lighting of the bridge is part of the legacy that outgoing mayor Denis Coderre will leave behind.

The $39.5 million project was unveiled for Montreal’s 375th birthday in May.

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It was heavily scrutinized by the former mayor’s critics and its inauguration was the subject of a Montreal police brotherhood protest.

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Montrealers shared images of the pink Jacques Cartier Bridge in the days leading up to the municipal election.

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