Montreal Municipal Election Campaign Officially Underway – Montreal | The Canadian News

Federal elections are not over yet, but Montreal is already preparing for one of its own. The city’s municipal election campaign officially began on Friday.

At midnight the campaign began. Soon after, the posts along Montreal’s busiest streets were covered with political posters for mayoral candidates.

Valérie Plante began her morning with candidates from Projet Montréal at the party headquarters. His enthusiasm carried over to his first press conference of the official campaign.

“We are a team, a strong team. We work together. We are ready to win this, ”Plante said.

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But it wasn’t long before she started shooting at her opponent Denis Coderre. “Montréal’s can choose between the man of yesterday or a bold and ambitious future,” he said.

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To which Coderre responded, “sometimes we have to make the difference between past and experience.”

The former mayor turned in his nomination papers at Montreal City Hall on Friday afternoon. Speaking to reporters afterwards, he said: “I feel very good. I feel honored. I am humbled. “

Coderre said he needed time to reflect after losing to Plante in 2017. Now, in his third bid for mayor, Coderre promises that his party, Ensemble Montreal, will recover the magic it says is missing.

“I think this is not a Montreal for everyone,” Coderre said.

For Coderre, the biggest issue in this election is security. It says rampant gun violence must be addressed.

“Because from now on, it goes off everywhere. So it is not a street. It is a question of all kinds, of all the territories of the metropolis. So let’s talk about it. People want hope. They want a plan, ”he said.

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Plante argues that he is acting accordingly, saying that Coderre only says Montreal is dangerous to win electoral points.

“I don’t like someone coming in and saying, like, Montreal is dangerous and it degrades all the work that is being done,” he said.

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While it may seem like a two-way race, Mouvement Montreal leader Balarama Holness says that in reality anyone can choose to win.

“We’re going to establish that it’s a three-way race and we’ll look at it in a lot of ways, particularly from the dirt game,” Holness said.

Holness spent her first campaign day on the ground putting up posters promoting her grassroots organization.

“We really have a party that reflects Montréal and we can’t wait to get out there and meet Montréal to share our vision from Montréal and address the real needs of Montréal during this campaign,” he said.

Montréal residents will go to the polls on November 7.

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