Vrai changement pour Montréal

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Vrai changement pour Montréal
Leader Mélanie Joly
Founded September 4, 2013
Headquarters 1000 De la Gauchetière Street West, suite 900
Montreal, Quebec
H3B 5H4
Ideology Environmentalism
Community politics
Colours Orange
Seats on council
4 / 65
Website
http://vraichangementmtl.org/
Politics of Montreal
Political parties

Vrai changement pour Montréal (Full name: Vrai changement pour Montréal - Groupe Mélanie Joly, English: Real change for Montreal - Mélanie Joly Group) is a municipal political party in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Origins and 2013 campaign[edit]

Vrai changement was founded by Mélanie Joly in September 2013 to contest the 2013 Montreal municipal elections.[1] Joly was the party's 2013 mayoral candidate and remains its leader.

Joly released a ten-point platform during the 2013 campaign, highlighted by a plan for improved public transit (via a 130-kilometre rapid service bus system), the construction of affordable housing units with enough rooms for young families, and a "Charter of Nightlife" to promote Montreal's vibrant nocturnal scene. She also promised to make more information publicly available, promote public art, and encourage citizen ventures via a Montreal wiki.[2] On economic issues, Joly promised to simplify the application process for persons starting a business and to establish the office of a "Chief of economic development," who would be responsible for promotions and co-ordination.[3]

Describing her party platform as "simple and very ambitious," Joly also remarked, "Basically, we don't want Montreal to become a huge suburb. We want to keep the cultural identity of Montreal while also bettering the quality of life for Montrealers."[4]

2013 election results[edit]

Despite being a political newcomer, Joly built a strong support base throughout the mayoral campaign and received over 26% of the vote on election day, finishing a relatively close second against the winning candidate, Denis Coderre.[5]

The party was less successful in the elections for Montreal City Council but it made some breakthroughs. The party received just over six per cent of the vote, and four of its candidates were elected to city council: Normand Marinacci (who was elected as borough mayor of L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève), Justine McIntyre, Lorraine Pagé, and Steve Shanahan. In addition, the party won control of the L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève borough by winning 3 of its 4 borough councilor seats. Another borough councilor, Roger Trottier, was elected in Pierrefonds-Roxboro. Joly's co-listed candidate[6] was defeated, meaning that she was not able to take a seat on council herself.

After the election, Joly said that she would remain in municipal politics and run for a council seat as soon as possible.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Linda Gyulai, "Councillor Chitilian joins Coderre's team," Montreal Gazette, 3 August 2013, A6; Ren Bruemmer, "Montreal parties present plans to lessen burden of tax hikes," Montreal Gazette, 12 September 2013, A2.
  2. ^ Lynn Moore, "Mayoral candidate Joly unveils 10-point platform; Rapid bus transit system at the top of the list," Montreal Gazette, 19 September 2013, A7.
  3. ^ "Candidates' proposals to kick-start economy," Montreal Gazette, 22 October 2013, A6.
  4. ^ Lynn Moore, "Mayoral candidate Joly unveils 10-point platform; Rapid bus transit system at the top of the list," Montreal Gazette, 19 September 2013, A7.
  5. ^ Coderre was elected with just over 32% support.
  6. ^ A person may run for only one position, either mayor of the city, borough mayor, city councillor, or borough councillor. However, a person running for mayor of the city for an authorized party may also run with a second person called a 'co-candidate' (colistier), for city councillor. This does not include the position of borough mayor. A candidate for mayor who is elected and obtains the most votes for the position of city councillor becomes mayor of the city, and the co-candidate becomes city councillor. A candidate for mayor who is defeated for city but obtains the largest number of votes for city councillor becomes city councillor for the district or (in the case of Anjou and Lachine only) the borough instead of the co-candidate but can refuse the position in writing within 30 days after the election as city councillor is announced. - Élection Montréal. Manuel du candidat. 2009. pp. 8-9.
  7. ^ Marian Scott, "Joly is staying in politics, but Cote is not; Vrai Changement leader says she has 'legitimacy'," Montreal Gazette, 5 November 2013, A8.