So Projet Montréal, the party who put transit at the top of the agenda -at least before cries of corruption drowned out any other issue- earned 10 seats on the municipal council. Their support rose from 9% in 2005 to 25% across the island. The fact that sustainable development and alternative transportation preoccupy even a quarter of Montrealers is the sign of a rapidly rising tide of ideas.
There’s just one problem: Projet Montréal didn’t win the top spot. So who is actually going to be in charge of transportation?
Not André Lavallée, who was behind Montreal’s innovative transportation plan and who brought us BIXI. He came in dead last in his riding. And not Michel Labrecque, who was a founding member of Vélo Québec and president of the Comité Régional de l’Environnement before Tremblay appointed president of the STM. He was beaten by the Projet Montréal candidate in the Plateau.
Tremblay has said that he’s not looking at forming coalitions, which means that these guys are likely to be replaced with less competent folks.
Oh, and who’s going to update the urban plan next year, another one of Lavallée’s jobs?
The problem isn’t that Tremblay got re-elected, the problem is which of his cronies made the cut. And who did get in? Let’s see, the guy in charge of road construction. We all know how smoothly that’s going. Then there was the one under investigation for being in cahoots with local contractors… and the list goes on.
I didn’t think it was possible, but city hall may have just gotten worse.
Finally, since I haven’t seen it anywhere else, here’s the list of elected Projet Montréal representatives and their ridings. Five Projet Montréal borough councillors were also elected.
- Pierre Gagnier (Ahuntsic-Cartierville Borough Mayor)
- Émilie Thuillier (Ahuntsic-Cartierville City councillor)
- Peter Mcqueen (NDG City Councillor)
- Luc Ferrandez (Plateau Borough Mayor)
- Josée Duplessis (Plateau Councillor)
- Richard Ryan Alex Norris (Plateau Councillor)
- Nimâ Valérie Machouf (Plateau Councillor) – to be replaced by Richard Bergeron.
- François Limoges (Rosemont-Petite-Patrie Councillor)
- Marc-André Gadoury (Rosemont-Petite-Patrie Councillor)
- Pierre Mainville (Ville Marie Councillor)