F1: the mayor of Montreal enthusiastic about the return of tourists

Although the inconveniences associated with holding Formula 1 have made headlines in the last few days, the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, believes that the event makes it possible to revive the tourism sector, which has been hard hit by the pandemic.

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“We may have forgotten it, but in the last two years, it has been extremely difficult for the city center. To see this windfall of tourists and people from everywhere coming to the city center right now is excellent news,” she said Friday morning during a press scrum.

The mayoress was asked whether the benefits linked to the arrival of Formula 1 outweighed the disadvantages.

In the last few days, activists have asked to end the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, a petition circulating to this effect, because of its ecological footprint. Others focused on issues related to sexual exploitation, accentuated by the event.

“We watch Formula 1, with good reason, because it’s a car race. But when we talk about ecological transition, all sectors must ask themselves questions and show the population how their field of activity and their events are part of the ecological transition, ”weighted Ms. Plante.

She nevertheless considers that the questions on the environmental impact of the event are “very relevant”, indicating that the organizers must “board the train” so that the Grand Prix can be tied in with the objectives of greenhouse gas reduction. Greenhouse.

A contract currently binds Montreal to the Grand Prix until 2031. For the moment, the City does not plan to terminate it.


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