Valerie Plante wants to perform marriages: report

Valerie Plante

It looks as though Montreal mayor Valerie Plante is seeking the power to officiate at weddings.

La Presse reports Plante has put in a request with the ministry of justice to obtain that power. Elected municipal officials have been able to officiate at weddings and civil unions since 2002, but have to observe the formality of putting in the request to do so.

Plante would be able to celebrate weddings only within the city of Montreal, and only for the duration of her term.

In the summer of 2015, her predecessor, Denis Coderre, famously presided over a handful of weekend wedding ceremonies at City Hall.

Plante doesn't plan on staging a similar event at city hall — La Presse reports the mayor has received only one request from a couple to have her marry them, and is only planning on using that privilege sparingly.

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