South West borough mayor joins Projet Montreal

With the municipal election a little more than five months away, politicians continue to choose up sides for what's shaping up to be a two-horse race for the mayor's job.

South West borough mayor Benoit Dorais, in office since 2009, has now joined forces with Projet Montreal, the main opposition party at City Hall.

The party's leader, Valerie Plante, made the announcement Wednesday morning.

He was first elected as a member of Louise Harel's Vision Montreal party, and then in 2013 he joined Marcel Côté's Coalition Montreal party. He briefly took over the leadership of that party after Côté's sudden death in 2014.

On Monday, three other opposition politicians, including interim Vrai Chamgement party leader and former teacher's union boss Lorraine Pagé, announced they were joining mayor Denis Coderre's party.

Coderre himself had tried to court Dorais. He has managed to convince other borough mayors, including Cote-des-Neiges-NDG mayor Russell Copeman and Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve mayor Réal Ménard, to join Team Coderre.

Election day is Nov. 5.