MONTREAL – Outgoing mayor Valérie Plante focused on the environment and quality of life in Montreal on Wednesday, while former mayor Denis Coderre presented an international vision of the city, during the second municipal election debate , organized by the Council of Foreign Relations of Montreal.
“The city must not behave like a village, but like a metropolis,” Coderre argued, adding that Montreal must strengthen its diplomatic presence in the world and protect its hold over the headquarters of organizations like the World Anti-Doping Agency. or the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Plante, for her part, chose to capitalize on the city’s position as the city’s green leader to ensure its influence, citing the fact that Montreal was the only municipality to speak at the UN climate summit in 2019. She declared that the “public transport projects, the Eastern REM and (the extension of) the blue line” will contribute to this and allow a better quality of life. “Montreal is becoming a green city (…). more tourists come for it.
Coderre is also committed to working in favor of ecological transition, saying that “it is under our administration that we became a member of the C40”, a network of cities around the world committed to the most ambitious objectives of the Paris Agreement.
The two candidates agreed to defend the French language, to attract foreign investors and to support newcomers.
Coderre and Plante are neck and neck, with 37% and 36% of voting intentions respectively, according to a Léger-Le Devoir poll published last week.
The other two mayoral candidates, Balarama Holness (8%) and Marc-Antoine Desjardins (5%), were not invited to the debate.
The first debate was held last week by Tourisme Montréal. A third debate will take place on October 18, this time organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.
The municipal elections will take place on November 6 and 7, 2021.
– This La Presse Canadienne report was first published in French on September 29, 2021. This article was produced with the financial support of Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowships.