LISTEN: Denis Coderre talks to Andrew about loss, keeping busy and his future plans
What has former Montreal mayor Denis Coderre been up to since his defeat to Valerie Plante in last November's election?
He told CJAD 800's Andrew Carter on Wednesday morning that for one thing, he's spent a good part of his time travelling, as part of the process of coming to terms with his bitter defeat.
"Since six months, I've been travelling a lot," he says. "I had an amazing experience a few weeks ago, I participated in the March of the Living. I went to Krakow with Rabbi [Reuben] Poupko...it was really troubling. I'm truly a witness. I think that everybody should go. After that, we went for the next seven days to Israel to celebrate the 70th anniversary [of Israeli statehood].
He's also taken on some new jobs — including a position at Stingray Digital as an adviser, and a position as an ambassador to the Jewish General Hospital Foundation.
The former mayor —and longtime former member of Parliament — says he misses serving the public, but adds he's proud of what he's accomplished in office, particularly considering that when he took over in 2013, much of the talk around City Hall had to do with his predecessors and corruption.
"You have to understand four years ago, and where we are now," he says. "We were talking about corruption, we were not even a player...governments were not even taking our calls. We became a player...we just proved how great our city is."
And would he run for mayor again?
"I'm not closing the door, but it's too early to talk about that," the mayor said.
Meanwhile, he also laughed off a suggestion about a possible move to provincial politics this coming October.