Mayor and parties respond to campaign
Mayor Tremblay ran down his shopping list to the parties hoping to form the government on September 5: something for Montreal infrastructure and economic development, new money for public transit, revivification of the east end – especially Notre-Dame East – and money for more Quartier des Spectacles stuff. (Putting the Quartier des Spectacles on this list suggests to me Gilbert Rozon is pulling Tremblay’s strings.)
CAQ’s plans for building up commuter train service at the expense of the metro were unpopular with Projet and Vision, Vision mayor Anie Samson pointing out that the party is playing to the 450, where its voters are. Mayor Tremblay also called the CAQ’s ideas “electioneering”.
The CAQ’s plan to cut down the size of Montreal’s municipal structure was dissed by Tremblay too.
Pauline Marois emphasized that it was the Liberal party that undid the PQ’s forced merger of the island of Montreal, but that she wouldn’t try that again.
Montreal remains Quebec’s biggest problem, I think. If only we were Joliette writ large.