Projet Montréal

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Projet Montréal
Leader Richard Bergeron
President Michel Camus
Founded May 28, 2004
Headquarters 4000 Notre-Dame O.
Montreal, Quebec
H4C 1R1
Ideology Sustainable urbanism, Environmentalism, Social democracy, Participatory democracy
Colours Green and Blue
Seats on council
20 / 65
Website
projetmontreal.org (French)
Politics of Montreal
Political parties

Projet Montréal is a municipal political party in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Origins[edit]

Projet Montréal is possibly the first party since the Montreal Citizens' Movement (RCM) that was not specifically established to promote a mayoral candidacy. It was created by environmental activists in May 2004.

Electoral performance[edit]

Richard Bergeron was the party's first mayoral candidate. He was elected to the City Council in 2005 and gathered 8.53% of the vote for Mayor.

In the September 2006 by-election held in the district of Marie-Victorin, Projet Montreal candidate and former city councillor Kettly Beauregard won 31.7% of the vote, for a strong second-place finish.

In December 2007, candidate Jean-Claude Marsan took second place with 37.43% in a by-election to replace disgraced Outremont borough mayor Stephane Harbour. At the same time, there was a by-election in Outremont's Robert-Bourassa district to replace Marie Cinq-Mars, who chose to run for borough mayor. Candidate Denise Rochefort also placed second, with 35.13% of the vote.

In the 2009 Montreal municipal election, Bergeron led the party through steadily increasing polls to a strong third-place showing, winning fourteen seats on city and borough councils, including two borough mayors, and sweeping Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.

In April 2012, Érika Duchesne won a by-election in the Vieux-Rosemont district of Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, giving Project Montreal its 11th seat on city council.[1]

In the 2013 Montreal municipal election, Projet Montréal doubled its number of seats within city council, going from 10 to 20. Projet Montreal became the official opposition against Denis Coderre's team. After the election, Richard Bergeron stated that he would resign his party leadership within the next 12 or 24 months. He admitted that he disappointed with the election results but that he would remain to make Projet Montréal into a true opposition to Coderre's administration.[2]

Platform[edit]

Projet Montréal advocates sustainable urbanism,[3] which is the application of the principles of sustainable development to an urban setting, such as Downtown Montreal. One of the party's proposals consists of building light rail in order to do the following:

  • reduce car traffic;
  • give more room to pedestrians and cyclists;
  • increase the residents' quality of life and
  • reverse urban sprawl.[4]

Projet Montréal's 2009 platform elaborates commitments for seven major aspects of urban living:[5]

1. renewal and expansion of participatory democracy
2. affordable housing and reinforcing socio-urban tissue
3. sustainable transport (public transit and active transit)
4. environmental sustainability
5. economic development
6. culture
7. accountability and public services

Mayoral candidates[edit]

  Election Mayoral Candidate Popular Vote for Mayor Number of Councillors
  2005 Richard Bergeron 8.53% 1/64
  2009 Richard Bergeron 25.45% 10/64
  2013 Richard Bergeron 25.52% 20/64

Victories are indicated with bold fonts.

Councillors[edit]

Projet Montréal currently holds the following seats on Montreal City Council and borough councils.

City councillors[edit]

Borough Position Party Name
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Ahuntsic PM  ThuillierÉmilie Thuillier
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Côte-des-Neiges PM  PopeanuMagda Popeanu
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce PM  McQueenPeter McQueen
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Hochelaga PM  CaldwellÉric Alan Caldwell
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Maisonneuve–Longue-Pointe PM  LalondeLaurence Lavigne Lalonde
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough mayor PM  FerrandezLuc Ferrandez
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, DeLorimier PM  MainvilleLouise Mainville
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, Jeanne-Mance PM  NorrisAlex Norris
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, Mile-End PM  RyanRichard Ryan
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Borough mayor PM  CroteauFrançois Croteau
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Etienne-DesmarteauCouncillor, Étienne-Desmarteau PM  GadouryMarc-André Gadoury
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Marie-Victorin PM  LavoieGuillaume Lavoie
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Saint-Édouard PM  LimogesFrançois Limoges
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Vieux-Rosemont PM  DuchesneÉrika Duchesne
Le Sud-Ouest Councillor, Saint-Henri
Petite-BourgognePointe-Saint-Charles
PM  SauveCraig Sauvé
Le Sud-Ouest Councillor, Saint-PaulÉmard PM  SigouinAnne-Marie Sigouin
Verdun Councillor, Desmarchais-Crawford PM  DowneySterling Downey
Ville-Marie Councillor, Saint-Jacques PM  BergeronRichard Bergeron
Ville-Marie Councillor, Sainte-Marie PM  PlanteValérie Plante
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, François-Perrault PM  OuelletSylvain Ouellet

Borough councillors[edit]

The city councillors listed above all sit on the councils of their respective boroughs. In addition to these, the party holds the following seats on borough councils.

Borough Position Party Name
Outremont Borough councillor, Claude-Ryan PM  PollakMindy Pollak
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough councillor, DeLorimier PM  GiguereMarianne Giguère
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough councillor, Jeanne-Mance PM  GosselinChristine Gosselin
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough councillor, Mile-End PM  PlourdeMarie Plourde
Le Sud-Ouest Borough councillor, Saint-Henri–Petite-Bourgogne–Pointe-Saint-Charles PM  ThiebautSophie Thiébaut
Le Sud-Ouest Borough councillor, Saint-Paul–Émard PM  VaillancourtAlain Vaillancourt
Verdun Borough councillor, Desmarchais-Crawford (1) PM  GagnonLuc Gagnon
Verdun Borough councillor, Desmarchais-Crawford (2) PM  MaugerMarie-Andrée Mauger

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