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We must all try to control our grief. La Presse says Gérald Tremblay is to announce next week that he won’t run for mayor again next fall.
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Well, hopefully Coderre fills the void for all those people looking to vote for someone who just wants power, but doesn’t have any particular vision.
There could be worse people. Are journalists here too polite? Someone needs to sit Coderre down and get him to talk in theoretical terms about Montreal’s issues and what priorities he’d have in his platform if he ran for mayor. They don’t need to ask him if he’s running – just what his impressions are of how the city is doing and what he’d like to see tackled first.
I’m particularly concerned about my own impression he’s buds with Gilbert Rozon, whose vision of this city is just one big playground for festivals. Rozon will never run for mayor himself – he’s got too much back story for that – but he could well be hoping to become an eminence grise for someone like Coderre and pull his strings. That would not be great for the city. I sometimes think for Coderre it’s all kind of showbiz. We need more steel than that.
Well, Coderre has made no bones about it for a while now that he wants the job; and I think he has an excellent shot at getting it. Even if Rozon were to run, he speaks of all his festival stuff as an outsider. It’s a very different game when you actually get into office – your views and such can change big time. Look at the PQ who seem to have just realized they’re no longer in opposition; their sole gear has been (R)everse.
Not a chance of a fluently bilingual Anglo getting the job, huh?
Marc, given the recent language statistics, we’re far more likely to see a bilingual (or trilingual) allophone mayor within the next decade or so than an anglo.
My only beef with Coderre is that he’s shown no real interest in the city, until he thought that maybe there’s a power vacuum that he can step into. If his goal was to turn the city into one big playground for festivals, and if that meant stopping trying to shove everything into QdS and letting the rest of the city have a little life again, then that’s a vision I could get behind. But it’s not even a goal he’s expressed.
Meanwhile, there’s Projet Montreal, who’ve spent the last 4 years actually demonstrating an interest in the city and it’s politics, incrementally (if controversially) improving the life of their constituents, and demonstrating what they’d do with power. I think I’ll stick with them.
Coderre is a pure opportunist. Could we not try out Bergeron who at least has a vision of what to do to create a livable city. What is Coderres’ vision likely to be? I leave it to your imagination…
Well, we don’t know. That’s why I say before this city goes a bit mad and crowns Coderre, we need to know more about his ideas, but I’m afraid I see the city rebounding from Tremblay’s beige teflon non-personality to someone big and full of bombast just out of a desire for change, whether the change makes any real sense or not.
I am with David, Bergeron lays out a platform and tells you what he envisions for the city.Then you decide.
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