Projet Montréal

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Projet Montréal -
Équipe Valérie Plante
Active municipal party
Leader Valérie Plante
President Romy Schlegel[1]
Founded May 28, 2004
Headquarters 4000, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H4C 1R1
Ideology Environmentalism
Direct democracy
Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
Colours Green and Blue
Seats on council
33 / 65
Website
en.projetmontreal.org

Projet Montréal (officially Projet Montréal - Équipe Valérie Plante)[2] is a progressive, environmentalist municipal political party in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 2004, it is led by Valérie Plante, and holds a majority of seats on Montreal City Council.

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.[3]

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 was disappointed with the election results, but that he would remain to make Projet Montréal into a true opposition to Coderre's administration.[4]

In the 2017 Montreal Municipal Election, Projet Montreal had won a majority of seats in the city council as well as having its Mayoral Candidate Valérie Plante become the mayor of Montréal.

Platform[edit]

Projet Montréal advocates sustainable urbanism,[5] 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.[6]

Projet Montréal's 2009 platform elaborates commitments for seven major aspects of urban living:[7]

  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
  2017 Valérie Plante 51.42% 33/64

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 Location
Ville-Marie Mayor of Montreal PM  PlanteValérie Plante C
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Borough mayor PM  ThuillierÉmilie Thuillier NW
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Ahuntsic PM  GouletNathalie Goulet NW
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Councillor, Sault-au-Récollet PM  NormandJérôme Normand NW
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Borough mayor PM  MontgomerySue Montgomery C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Côte-des-Neiges PM  PopeanuMagda Popeanu C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Loyola PM  ArseneaultChristian Arseneault C
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Councillor, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce PM  McQueenPeter McQueen C
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Borough mayor PM  MarinacciNormand Marinacci NW
Lachine Borough mayor PM  VodanovicMaja Vodanovic S
Lachine Councillor PM  RouleauMicheline Rouleau S
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Borough mayor PM  LessardPierre Lessard-Blais E
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Hochelaga PM  CaldwellÉric Alan Caldwell E
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Maisonneuve–Longue-Pointe PM  LalondeLaurence Lavigne Lalonde E
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Councillor, Tétreaultville PM  MironSuzie Miron E
Outremont Borough mayor PM  TomlinsonPhilipe Tomlinson C
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough mayor PM  FerrandezLuc Ferrandez C
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, De Lorimier PM  GiguèreMarianne Giguère C
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, Jeanne-Mance PM  NorrisAlex Norris C
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Councillor, Mile-End PM  RyanRichard Ryan C
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Borough mayor PM  CroteauFrançois Croteau E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Etienne-DesmarteauCouncillor, Étienne-Desmarteau PM  WattStéphanie Watt E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Marie-Victorin PM  PauzeJocelyn Pauzé E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Saint-Édouard PM  LimogesFrançois Limoges E
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Councillor, Vieux-Rosemont PM  GosselinChristine Gosselin E
Le Sud-Ouest Borough mayor PM  DoraisBenoit Dorais S
Le Sud-Ouest Councillor, Saint-Henri-Est–
Petite-BourgognePointe-Saint-CharlesGriffintown
PM  SauveCraig Sauvé S
Le Sud-Ouest Councillor, Saint-PaulÉmardSaint-Henri-Ouest PM  SigouinAnne-Marie Sigouin S
Verdun Councillor, Desmarchais-Crawford PM  DowneySterling Downey S
Ville-Marie Councillor, Saint-Jacques PM  BeaudryRobert Beaudry C
Ville-Marie Councillor, Sainte-Marie PM  MauzerolleSophie Mauzerolle C
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Borough mayor PM  FumagalliGiuliana Fumagalli E
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, François-Perrault PM  OuelletSylvain Ouellet E
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Councillor, Villeray PM  FilatoRosannie Filato E

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
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Borough councillor, Denis-Benjamin-Viger PM  LarocqueChristian Larocque
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Borough councillor, Jacques-Bizard PM  SamoszewskiRichard Samoszewski
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Borough councillor, Pierre-Foretier PM  SaraultYves Sarault
Lachine Borough councillor, Du Canal PM  ProvostJulie-Pascale Provost
Lachine Borough councillor, Fort-Rolland PM  FlanneryMichèle Flannery
Lachine Borough councillor, J.-Émery-Provost PM  BoukalaYounes Boukala
Outremont Borough councillor, Claude-Ryan PM  PollakMindy Pollak
Outremont Borough councillor, Jeanne-Sauvé PM  MaginiFanny Magini
Outremont Borough councillor, Joseph-Beaubien PM  PatreauValérie Patreau
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough councillor, De Lorimier PM  BlancoJosefina Blanco
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough councillor, Jeanne-Mance PM  VilainMaeva Vilain
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough councillor, Mile-End PM  PlourdeMarie Plourde
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Borough councillor, La Pointe-aux-Prairies PM  ChristensenLisa Christensen
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Board of Directors". Projet Montréal.
  2. ^ http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/english/municipal/rapeq/consultation-political-parties.php#
  3. ^ Projet Montréal picks up council seat in Vieux Rosemont by-election, Montreal Gazette, April 29, 2012
  4. ^ http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/montreal/391927/richard-bergeron-chef-de-projet-montreal-compte-se-retirer-dans-les-prochains-mois
  5. ^ New Political Party Based On Sustainable Urbanism, Planetizen, November 11, 2004
  6. ^ A tramline named desire, Montreal Mirror, February 8-14, 2007
  7. ^ Programme pour la relance durable de Montréal Archived 2009-07-27 at the Wayback Machine.

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