The race for mayor will quickly be determined in Montreal, with polls closing at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
It’s been an extremely tight race for the reason that municipal election marketing campaign kicked off in mid-September.
Projet Montréal’s Valérie Plante — the primary girl ever to be elected mayor of Montreal — is striving to clinch a second mandate at metropolis corridor, whereas Ensemble Montréal’s Denis Coderre is hoping to make a comeback after dropping to Plante in 2017. Newcomer Balarama Holness of Mouvement Montréal tried to place his occasion as a viable third choice for town promising a brand new manner of doing issues.
His marketing campaign centered largely on a message of unity and defunding the police in favour of strengthening group organizations.
Coderre, for his half, promised to rent 250 extra law enforcement officials to fight gun crime within the metropolis. He additionally deplored how town had grow to be dirtier and extra harmful since he left workplace in 2017 and campaigned on maker it cleaner and safer once more.
In the meantime Plante’s targets embody including extra housing, preventing local weather change and enhancing public safety, to call a number of of her priorities.
Plante and Coderre had been locked in a lifeless warmth for a lot of the marketing campaign with Holness trailing in third forcing Plante, because the incumbent, to fend off quite a few assaults from each Coderre and Holness.
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With the end line in sight this week, the tone of the marketing campaign turned extra aggressive with each Coderre and Plante accusing one another of missing transparency.
Plante accused Coderre of withholding his tax returns, whereas he accused her of not caring about sexual assault victims after it was revealed that metropolis councillor Craig Sauvé was accused of sexual assault in 2012.
The case was dealt by way of mediation and was deemed closed. However when Plante was requested if she was conscious of any allegations of that nature amongst her caucus, she denied it, therefore the accusation.
Sauvé has since withdrawn from caucus and stated if elected he’ll sit as an unbiased.
On Wednesday, Coderre lastly launched his monetary data which confirmed he had been working as a advisor for a handful for personal corporations.
These included Cogir, a big actual property firm, a pro-car foyer group and a governing physique for motor sports activities occasion.
Whereas Plante has confirmed that she is going to keep on because the official opposition if she loses, Coderre has not stated whether or not he would keep on to steer Ensemble Montréal.
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— With information from World Information’ Gloria Henriquez and Elizabeth Zogalis
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