October 23, 2013 4:50 pm
Updated: October 28, 2014 12:03 pm

Municipal councillors, the EMSB and conflicts of interest

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Watch: Denis Coderre on why EMSB candidates should not resign from the board if they win

MONTREAL – Montreal Candidate Denis Coderre has been working hard to attract anglophone votes, including recruiting prominent English-speaking candidates.

The chairman and vice-chairman of the English Montreal School Board are two such contenders.

School board Chairman Angela Mancini is running in Anjou and vice-chair Sylvia Lo Bianco is running in Montreal North under the Coderre banner.

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Both candidates have confirmed that they will continue in their current positions at the school board if they were elected.

When asked if this posed a conflict of interest on Wednesday, Coderre was adamant.

“No, not at all . . . it’s different jurisdictions,” he told Global News.

He went on to suggest that if there was an issue, the candidates could “backtrack on certain files.”

“The bottom line is I think that it’s an added value to have individuals who can accumulate those kinds of jobs because they will have a more macro perspective of what the situation is.”

Coderre has recruited another familiar face in the anglophone world of education.

Ruth Rosenfield, long time president of the Montreal Teachers Association retired last spring. She is running for the city council post in Loyola in the borough of NDG.

Watch: Ruth Rosenfield on municipal elections

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