Active municipal party
|Founded||April 19, 1994|
|Headquarters||3430, rue Saint-Denis, bureau 300
|Youth wing||Comité jeunesse de Vision Montréal|
|Ideology||progressivism, environmentalism, centralism and local government consolidation|
|Seats on council|
|Politics of Montreal
Vision Montreal (French: Vision Montréal or VM) is a municipal political party in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It has been in existence since 1994 and presently forms the Official opposition on Montreal City Council under leader Louise Harel.
The Bourque administration is credited with:
- the introduction of a balanced city budget, with the help of the provincial government in 1998;
- the revitalization of the Old Montreal Historic District;
- the implementation of neighbourhood programs known as Éco-quartiers; such programs consist of:
- adding greenery on public property;
- the reopening of the Lachine Canal in 1997;
- the expansion of diplomatic and commercial relations between Montreal and Shanghai, China; 
- a modest reversal of Montreal's suburbanization between 1996 and 2001;
- the merger of Montreal and 27 other surrounding municipalities into one city government that covers the entire island of Montreal in 2001-02 (an idea known as Une île, une ville or One island, one city in English).
Shortcomings and criticism
However, Vision Montreal's performance was not beyond reproach.
On the other hand Bourque was criticized for his perceived lack of flexibility. During his first term, he suffered a mutiny within his party. Fifteen of his councillors left his administration to sit as Independents. By August 1997, only a minority of the councilmembers (24 out of 51) were members of Vision Montreal. 
Furthermore, the merger was met with so much resistance from residents and politicians of Montreal’s predominantly English-speaking West Island that by 2005 fifteen municipalities had demerged from the city center. After it had reached 1.8 million people, the population of Montreal was reduced to 1.6 million residents.
Also, Bourque was often ridiculed because his strong emphasis on environmental issues was sometimes dismissed as nothing more than a simple annoyance. He was soon known as Géranium Ier (Geranium the First) to the public. During a May 12, 2006 interview with then journalist Bernard Drainville though, Bourque claimed that he was not offended by the nickname, pointing at the fact that there is nothing shameful about "being a gardener". 
In 2001, Vision Montreal was voted out of office. 64% of the residents of pre-merger Montreal voted for Bourque and his team. But elsewhere, Vision Montreal met a very strong, well-disciplined and united opposition. Gérald Tremblay, who was backed by former members of the Montreal Citizens' Movement (RCM) as well as anti-merger activists, became mayor.
In 2003, Bourque temporarily left his job as Leader of the Opposition, while he tried to become an ADQ Member of the provincial legislature in the district of Bourget. He lost and decided to resume his career at the municipal level. Councillor Ivon Le Duc slammed the door and made the decision to sit as an Independent,  but the majority of the Vision Montreal members wanted Bourque back.
Bourque stayed for three more years.
However he decided to quit city politics in May 2006. Following his resignation, François Purcell (Councilmember for the district of Saint-Édouard) was selected as the party’s Acting Leader. Noushig Eloyan (Councilmember for the district of Bordeaux-Cartierville) has become the Acting Leader of the Opposition.
A leadership convention occurred in June 2009 where Louise Harel was unanimously chosen as the party leader and candidate for Mayor of Montreal for the 2009 municipal elections.
Standing Committee of Vision Montréal
|Standing Committee of Vision Montréal|
|Marc Vanier Vincent|
|Claude de Lanauze|
Comité jeunesse de Vision Montréal
Comité jeunesse de Vision Montréal is the youth wing of the political party.
|Election||Mayoral Candidate||Popular Vote for Mayor||Number of Councillors|
- Visite de Pierre Bourque en Asie, Radio-Canada, July 13, 2000
- La politique municipale à Montréal dans les années 1990 : du « réformisme populaire » au « populisme gestionnaire », Serge Belley, Érudit
- Pierre Bourque: l'homme, le jardinier et le maire, La part des choses, Radio-Canada, May 12, 2006
- Ivon Le Duc siégera finalement comme indépendant, LCN, February 18, 2003