Another city election is upon us and with it comes the usual campaign rituals; name calling, lip service, vague promises, and a smorgasbord of useless facts, and that is just from the incumbent. And no matter what they all say you know for sure you are going to get your brass polished for a few minutes before they go back to ignoring you for four more years. It’s an endless cycle of things not getting done, rising costs, ineffective bureaucracy (and the merged city made that much worse), more broken promises, and a general decline in the quality of services (you should see bus stops in Verdun in winter).
Our current mayor, Gerald Tremblay, campaigns amid a sea of controversy surrounding corruption charges, selling very, very valuable city property at bargain basement prices, while trying to convince us that highly unpopular billion dollar projects, like that at Griffintown, are good for the city. There is no logical reason to vote for Tremblay, unless you are one of the businesses that contributes to his campaigns of which apparently 94% will receive city contracts. There isn’t much integrity or personal pride in any of it.
So what do we do?
Louise Harel of Vision Montreal certainly deserves a chutzpah award for having the sheer gall to run. She was one of the architects of the universally acknowledged failed mega city and 8 years later we can clearly see that she has no true fundamental insight into how Montreal should be run most efficiently. But you probably don’t like her anyway as you simply could not support anyone for mayor of Montreal who was a Minister in a Parti Quebecois government. You don’t like what you feel is an obvious political agenda.
But voting for Tremblay would just be really dumb.
I can guarantee you one thing and that is that the strategy of voting for the person who is not a “seperatist” is going to continue to backfire in perpetuity. There will be little comfort knowing Harel did not win if you are going to allow Gerald Tremblay and his developer buddies to just continue to sell low, build high, and do it all on your dime!
Let’s move in to the 21st century.
There is an alternative, a very real third party called Projet Montreal. Projet Montreal – go ahead, call it Project Montreal, it’s okay – is not an out of left field party, only popular with certain groups, and gone in a few years. It is, in fact, a rapidly growing movement of people from all walks of life determined to build a great sustainable city that is economically and socially responsible, with a strong commitment to the environment, while giving a voice to all it’s boroughs, neighborhoods, and citizens. Projet Montreal is the party for people who are fed up with the lies and tunnel vision ideas of traditional politicians who are quickly becoming irrelevant.
The leader of Projet Montreal, Richard Bergeron, has a PHD in Urban Planning. He thoroughly understands the issues facing the city in transportation, economic and sustainable development, and city administration. He is a good man who has shown much passion for the concerns of everyday ordinary citizens.
Just last week Richard Bergeron stated that the city needs to be studying an extension of the Metro Blue Line west of Snowdon to Montreal West (and you can see the three stations on Projet Montreal maps). Some might think it’s only another campaign promise. Well, sure, the timing is there, but this idea has become part of Projet’s Montreal transportation plans. He brought it up because the others have ignored it. And he understands the frustration of residents in the west end, and the West Island, who have to endure seeing places like Laval and Longueuil being offered the transportation carrots while they continue to get ignored. Projet Montreal understands that there is life west of Decarie!
Projet Montreal celebrates Montreal’s ethnic and cultural diversity. And it likes Montreal’s English community. It respects who you are, what you bring to the city, and hopes you want to participate. As an “Anglo” candidate I have been treated with much respect and warmth by candidates and supporters alike and really hope you will all at least give this party a look. You might like what you see!
The world is and has always been changing, but we are the brave pioneers of the Climate Change era. What we choose to do today will determine how well we may be able to live tomorrow. And we owe it to our children, our grandchildren, and future generations to be strong and just caretakers of this wonderful city. You have choices and you can have a voice if you give your support to a party that would like to listen.
Projet Montreal Candidate
Verdun – Champlain/Ile des Soeurs