Today’s Montreal Election: Valerie Plante and Denis Coderre in a mayoral rematch

It’s not just Montréal’s voting today: Quebecers across the province are electing their mayors and councilors, and the results are expected by the end of the night.

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Montréal’s head to the polls today to elect a new mayor after a campaign in which the incumbent and challenger from the last election swapped roles.

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The incumbent mayor, Valerie Plante, is seeking a second term and is running against Denis Coderre, the mayor of Montreal who expired in 2017.

Plante, whose first term was shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, says it improved the quality of life in the city and promises to focus on fighting climate change and building more social housing.

Codere, a former liberal federal cabinet minister, says the city has gotten dirtier and more dangerous since leaving office, and promises to boost Montreal’s image internationally.

It’s not just Montréal’s voting today: Quebecers across the province are electing their mayors and councilors, and the results are expected by the end of the night.

In Quebec City, voters are choosing a replacement for Regis Labeaume, who resigned after more than a decade in municipal politics.

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The polls are open throughout the province from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In Montreal, the final days of the campaign turned ugly, with the two leading candidates accusing each other of a lack of integrity. Coderre accused Plante of not caring about victims of sexual assault and Plante attacked Coderre for concealing his businesses.

CBC reported last week that Plante had been informed of sexual assault allegations dating back to 2012 against one of her party’s city councilors. This appeared to conflict with Plante’s comment last year that he was unaware of allegations of assault or sexual harassment against any member of his party.

Craig Sauve, who has denied the allegations and was not charged, announced Thursday that he would leave Plante’s party to sit as an Independent if he was re-elected.

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Coderre, after initially refusing to publish his tax returns, published the names of his private clients since 2017, which included Cogir, a large real estate company, and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, a pro-car lobby group. and the governing body for motorsports events, including Formula E, whose former Montreal edition Coderre promoted as mayor.

Plante said Coderre’s reluctance to disclose its financial information shows that its definition of transparency is “elastic.”

This Canadian Press report was first published on November 7, 2021.

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