Montreal City Council
|Montreal City Council
Conseil municipal de Montréal (French)
|Seats||64 councillors and mayor|
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|3 November 2013|
The Montreal City Council (French: Conseil municipal de Montréal) is the governing body in the mayor–council government in the city of Montreal, Quebec. The head of the city government in Montreal is the mayor, who is first among equals in the city council. The council is a democratically elected institution and is the final decision-making authority in the city, although much power is centralized in the executive committee. The council consists of 65 members from all boroughs of the city. The council has jurisdiction over many matters, including public security, agreements with other governments, subsidy programs, the environment, urban planning, and a three-year capital expenditure program. The city council is also required to supervise, standardize or approve certain decisions made by the borough councils.
- Bonsecours Market - home to city hall and council from 1852 to 1878
- Montreal City Hall - home to council since 1878
Reporting directly to the city council, the executive committee exercises decision-making powers similar to that of the cabinet in a parliamentary system and is responsible for preparing various documents including budgets and by-laws, submitted to the city council for approval. The decision-making powers of the executive committee cover, in particular, the awarding of contracts or grants, the management of human and financial resources, supplies and buildings. It may also be assigned further powers by the city council.
Standing committees are the council's prime instruments for public consultation. They are responsible for the public study of pending matters and for making the appropriate recommendations to the council. They also review the annual budget forecasts for departments under their jurisdiction. A public notice of meeting is published in both French and English daily newspapers at least seven days before each meeting. All meetings include a public question period. The standing committees, of which there are seven, have terms lasting two years. In addition, the city council may decide to create special committees at any time. Each standing committee is made up of seven to nine members, including a chairman and a vice-chairman. The members are all elected municipal officers, with the exception of a representative of the government of Quebec on the public security committee.
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The current city council consists of the mayor and 64 elected city councillors, including borough mayors. Unlike most Canadian cities, the city of Montreal has political parties.
Each borough is divided into between two and five districts, and has a different system of representation depending on its population. Each borough also has a borough council, consisting of the borough mayor, any city councillors, and in certain boroughs additional borough councillors, as follows:
|Borough||Representation on city council||Additional representation on borough council|
|Ahuntsic-Cartierville||Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts||None|
|Anjou||Borough mayor and 1 city councillor||Borough councillors for 3 districts|
|Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce||Borough mayor and city councillors for 5 districts||None|
|L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève||Borough mayor only||Borough councillors for 4 districts|
|Lachine||Borough mayor and 1 city councillor||Borough councillors for 3 districts|
|LaSalle||Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts||Each district elects 2 borough councillors|
|Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve||Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts||None|
|Montréal-Nord||Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts||Each district elects 1 borough councillor|
|Outremont||Borough mayor only||Borough councillors for 4 districts|
|Pierrefonds-Roxboro||Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts||Each district elects 1 borough councillor|
|Le Plateau-Mont-Royal||Borough mayor and city councillors for 3 districts||Each district elects 1 borough councillor|
|Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles||Borough mayor and city councillors for 3 districts||Each district elects 1 borough councillor|
|Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie||Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts||None|
|Saint-Laurent||Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts||Each district elects 1 borough councillor|
|Saint-Léonard||Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts||Each district elects 1 borough councillor|
|Le Sud-Ouest||Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts||Each district elects 1 borough councillor|
|Verdun||Borough mayor and city councillors for 2 districts||Each district elects 2 borough councillors|
|Ville-Marie||Mayor of Montreal (ex officio borough mayor)
and city councillors for 3 districts
|2 city councillors from other boroughs named by the Mayor|
|Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension||Borough mayor and city councillors for 4 districts||None|
The most recent election was the Montreal municipal election, 2013, in which Denis Coderre's Équipe Denis Coderre pour Montréal party won 27 of the 65 seats on council. One additional councillor, Marc-André Gadoury, crossed the floor from the Projet Montréal party to join the EDC in August 2015.
|Party||Leader||Seats as of 2013 election||Seats as of September 8, 2015|
|Équipe Denis Coderre pour Montréal||Denis Coderre||27||28|
|Projet Montréal||Valérie Plante||20||17|
|Coalition Montréal||Benoit Dorais||6||5|
|Vrai changement pour Montréal||Justine McIntyre||4||3|
|Équipe Anjou||Luis Miranda||2||2|
|Équipe Dauphin Lachine||Claude Dauphin||2||2|
|Pro action LaSalle||Manon Barbe||2||2|
|Équipe conservons Outremont||Marie Cinq-Mars||1||1|
- "City Council". City Hall. Ville de Montréal. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
- "Projet Montréal's Marc-André Gadoury has joined Denis Coderre's team". Montreal Gazette, August 6, 2015.
- Contact information for city councillors. Ville de Montréal.