Valérie Plante tells Coderre to ‘bring it on,’ participate in more debates
Projet Montréal mayoral candidate Valérie Plante is criticizing her opponent, incumbent mayor Denis Coderre for turning down several debate invitations, saying one in French and one in English is enough.
“My team has accepted all debates,” Plante told CBC News on Sunday. “When you do an election campaign, it’s part of the deal to do debates. It’s one of the basic principles of democracy.”
Plante said the fact Coderre doesn’t want to do more than the two faceoffs ahead of the Nov. 5 municipal election shows “he’s not willing to talk about his record.”
Coderre said he would only be participating in two debates — one in French and one in English — but Plante says the hour-long back-and-forths aren’t enough time to cover all the relevant subjects.
“I’m telling Denis Coderre, ‘Come on, bring it on,’ this is what Montrealers want and that’s what they deserve,” she said.
CBC Montreal requested a two-part debate between Projet Montréal leader Plante and incumbent Coderre to air on television and radio.
Plante’s team agreed to both but Coderre’s declined.