Election 2017 — what the candidates are promising

People in cities and towns across Quebec go to the polls on November 5th, 2017. The race in the province's biggest city, Montreal, is pitting incumbent mayor Denis Coderre against Valerie Plante, a relative newcomer to politics. Bookmark this page to keep on top of the promises each of the candidates makes throughout the campaign. We will be updating this page on a regular basis.

Campaign Promises by Issue

Public transit

  • Denis Coderre: Keep adding buses to STM's fleet, including more electric buses. Create a 'social fare' for bus and metro users based on income.
  • Valerie Plante: Create a brand new 'pink line' for the Montreal metro running through Rosemont and up to Montreal North. Create a 'social fare' for bus and metro users bases on income; eventually make transit free for kids under 12 and seniors. Better adapt public transit to the needs of the elderly. Add 300 new hybrid buses to STM's fleet immediately.

Cycling

  • Denis Coderre: Add 50 km in new bike paths per year in Montreal; run a bike path the whole length of De Maisonneuve Blvd. A new bike 'autoroute' that would run from RDP to the river. More bike parking. 
  • Valerie Plante:  Create new cycling network across the city — a 'bike expressway' — to make it easier to bike downtown.

Arts/Culture

  • Denis Coderre: Continue focusing on major cultural events. Create commemorative centre for Irish famine victims near Black Rock.
  • Valerie Plante: Add $5 million to the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s budget — which is currently $15 million. Make funding for cultural events more transparent.

Parks and recreation

  • Denis Coderre: Open new sports complex for Lachine; new aquatic centre in Pierrefonds-Roxboro
  • Valerie Plante: Reopen 'secret pool' behind old Royal Victoria Hospital; turn area around pool into a park for families. Invest $7.5 million per year to prop up the city's parks. Create a riverside promenade on Ile Ste. Helene, from La Ronde to the Place des Nations.

Construction/Roadwork

  • Denis Coderre: Set up a compensation plan for merchants affected by roadwork.
  • Valerie Plante: Better manage traffic around construction zones, compensate merchants affected by roadwork.

 

Campaign Promises by Candidate

Denis Coderre

  • Create a commemorative centre for Irish famine victims near Black Rock, at the entrance to the Victoria Bridge.
  • Continue focusing on major cultural events.
  • Open 'wet shelter' for homeless people with alcohol problems; continue to defend society's most vulnerable, incl. those with mental health problems
  • Open new sports complex for Lachine; new aquatic centre in Pierrefonds-Roxboro
  • Introduce 'social fare' for low-income bus and metro users.
  • Add 50km in new bike paths per year; run a path the length of De Maisonneuve Blvd.
  • More bike parking
  • A bike 'autoroute' to run from RDP to the river
  • Better security for dangerous intersections
  • Set up a compensation plan for merchants affected by roadwork
  • Differential tax rates on the first chunk of value of non-residential buildings.

Valerie Plante

  • Create new 'bike expressway' linking several parts of the island to downtown to make the ride easier and safer.
  • Add $5 million to the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s budget — which is currently $15 million.
  • Make funding of cultural events more transparent.
  • Reopen 'secret pool' behind old Royal Victoria Hospital; turn area around pool into a park for families.
  • Invest $7.5 million per year to prop up the city's parks.
  • Introduce 'social fare' for bus and metro users; eventually make transit free for kids under 12 and seniors
  • A new metro line (the 'pink line') to run from Lachine then through Rosemont and end in Montreal North. Western portion would be above ground.
  • Add 300 new hybrid buses to STM's fleet immediately.
  • Better adapt public transit to the needs of the elderly.
  • Move the Formula E race from the streets of Montreal to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.
  • Expand city's 'cleanliness brigade' to work on every main street, in every borough.
  • Create a riverside promenade on Ile Ste. Helene, from La Ronde to the Place des Nations
  • Compensate merchants affected by roadwork.
  • Ensure 20% of units in new housing projects were "three bedrooms and more."

Promises made by Jean Fortier before pulling out of the race on Oct. 18

  • Cut taxes by 10 per cent over his four-year term (a freeze in 2018, 3 per cent cut in 2019, and 3.5 per cent cuts in 2020 and 2021)
  • Fewer expensive celebrations
  • Scaling back the number of worksites — including postponing work planned for Ste. Catherine St.
  • A new location for the World Anti-Doping Agency
  • A more 'collegial' Montreal council and Executive Committee, focused less on parties, and more on merit.

— This page was last updated: Oct. 20, 2017