Valérie Plante, Denis Coderre reveal top picks for key positions
In the final week of the campaign, we’re following the two main Montreal mayoral candidates — Denis Coderre and Valérie Plante — as they battle for top spot at city hall. Here’s a look at what happened today.
With only a few days left in a tight mayoral election campaign, both Denis Coderre and Valérie Plante named their choices for the number-two job at city hall.
During a Facebook Live on Wednesday, Coderre announced that Harout Chitilian, the party’s candidate for borough mayor in Ahunstic-Cartierville, would be president of his executive committee.
Praising his youth and work ethic, Coderre said he needed the 37-year-old Chitilian by his side for the next four years. The current head of the powerful committee, Pierre Desrochers, is not running for re-election.
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“We’re talking about youth, we’re also talking about diversity,” Coderre said. “It sends a nice message that there is a lot of room for youth in our team.”
Chitilian made the jump from engineering to politics in 2009 when he was first elected as a city councillor in Ahuntsic-Cartierville under Union Montreal, former mayor Gérald Tremblay’s now defunct party.
During his career in municipal politics, Chitilian has served as vice-president of the executive committee, president of city council and focused on youth files. He is currently in charge of the administration’s smart-city initative.
Coderre also announced plans to create a deputy mayor position, a role that will be filled by Russell Copeman, who joined the party last year.
Choosing Copeman, who is seeking a second term as Côte-des-Neiges Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough mayor, sends a “strong message toward the anglophone community,” said Coderre.
Both Copeman and Chitilian are in hotly contested races in their boroughs, which are also seen as key battlegrounds in the mayoral contest.
Coderre’s announcement on Wednesday, however, was overshadowed by revelations that attendance figures for the Formula E race were greatly inflated by free tickets given away by the organizers.
The comments section on the Facebook Live was dominated by questions about Coderre’s handling of the race.
Plante opts for Southwest leadership
Projet Montréal’s leader, for her part, announced that she would ask Benoit Dorais, the incumbent Southwest borough mayor, to be her right-hand man if she becomes mayor.
“I know that we will take this city, we will take Montreal even further, with this strong vision that we’ve shared since the beginning of the campaign,” Plante said.