Active municipal party
|Founded||May 28, 2004|
|Headquarters||4000 Notre-Dame O.
|Ideology||Sustainable urbanism, Environmentalism, Social democracy, Participatory democracy|
|Colours||Green and Blue|
|Seats on council|
|Politics of Montreal
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.
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, PM 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. In the Robert-Bourassa by-election, PM candidate Denise Rochefort also placed second, obtaining 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.
During the 2013 Montreal municipal election, Projet Montréal doubled its number of seats within city council, going from 10 to 20. In the process, Projet Montreal became the official opposition against Denis Coderre's team. Following the election however, 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
Projet Montréal advocates sustainable urbanism, 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 a light rail train in order to:
- reduce car traffic;
- give more room to pedestrians and cyclists;
- increase the residents' quality of life and
- reverse urban sprawl.
Projet Montréal's 2009 platform elaborates commitments for 7 major aspects of urban living:
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
7. accountability and public services
|Election||Mayoral Candidate||Popular Vote for Mayor||Number of Councillors|
Victories are indicated with bold fonts.
Projet Montréal currently holds the following seats on Montreal City Council and borough councils. On November 12, the party released the composition of its shadow cabinet for the city administration, including both city and borough councillors.
|Borough||Position||Party||Name||Shadow cabinet portfolios|
|Ahuntsic-Cartierville||City councillor, Ahuntsic||Émilie Thuillier||Cultural communities
Status of women
Fight against poverty
Social and community development
|Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce||City councillor, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce||Peter McQueen||Finance (taxes, operating budget, three-year capital works budget, and municipal evaluation)
Western boroughs (Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Lachine, and Outremont)
|Le Plateau-Mont-Royal||Borough mayor and city councillor||Luc Ferrandez||Snow removal
Monitoring and revision of urban plan
|Le Plateau-Mont-Royal||City councillor, DeLorimier||Josée Duplessis||Sustainable development and environment
Protected water areas, ecological areas, parks, nature museums, and Mont-Royal and Jean-Drapeau parks
|Le Plateau-Mont-Royal||City councillor, Jeanne-Mance||Richard Bergeron||Agence de développement urbain de Montréal
Major projects (including tramway network and maritime entry)
|Le Plateau-Mont-Royal||Borough councillor, Jeanne-Mance||Piper Huggins||Assistant shadow councillor to Mr. Gagnier|
|Le Plateau-Mont-Royal||City councillor, Mile-End||Alex Norris||Good governance (city council ethics, transparency, fight against corruption)
375th anniversary celebrations
|Le Plateau-Mont-Royal||Borough councillor, Mile-End||Richard Ryan||Assistant shadow councillor to Ms. Thuillier|
|Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie||City councillor, Étienne-Desmarteau||Marc-André Gadoury||Culture, heritage, design, and public art
Eastern boroughs (Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Anjou, Saint-Léonard, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles)
|Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie||City councillor, Saint-Édouard||François Limoges||Housing
Transit-oriented development (areas surrounding metro, train, and tramway stations)
|Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie||City councillor, Vieux-Rosemont||Érika Duchesne|
|Le Sud-Ouest||Borough councillor, Saint-Henri–Petite-Bourgogne–Pointe-Saint-Charles||Sophie Thiébaut||Assistant shadow councillor to Mr. Gagnier
Southwestern boroughs (Le Sud-Ouest, LaSalle, Verdun)
- Projet Montréal picks up council seat in Vieux Rosemont by-election, Montreal Gazette, April 29, 2012
- New Political Party Based On Sustainable Urbanism, Planetizen, November 11, 2004
- A tramline named desire, Montreal Mirror, February 8-14, 2007
- Programme pour la relance durable de Montréal
- Projet Montréal. Richard Bergeron présente son cabinet fantôme lors de l’assermentation des élus. 12 November 2009.