Sparks spring up in heated debate at Montreal City Hall in French – Montreal

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Sparks flew between the three main candidates for mayor of Montreal during a heated francophone debate.

The participants were Valérie Plante, who heads Projet Montréal and seeks re-election, Ensemble Montréal leader Denis Coderre, who seeks to regain the seat of mayor after losing the 2017 municipal elections to Plante and newcomer Balarama. Holness, at the head of the Montreal Movement.

Valérie Plante’s Project Montreal was attacked by Ensemble Montreal leader Denis Coderre for allegedly waging a war on cars over his party’s plan to build cycle lanes.

“The three of us are pro-bikes, but only one party is anti-car and that’s Project Montreal,” Coderre said.

Plante was also in the hot seat for failing to advance the expansion of the Blue Line and one of its flagship election promises, the Pink Line, a public transit project that would link Lachine downtown to Montreal. -North.

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The candidates also questioned Plante’s housing policy.

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Plante says his 20-20-20 housing development bylaw worked towards building affordable housing in the city.

The strategy requires real estate developers to build social, affordable and family housing.

“It’s not true,” said Denis Coderre.

As Plante began to laugh at his statement, Coderre said, “When you’re nervous you laugh. You’re nervous, stop.

Plante stopped laughing and replied, “Excuse me? Coderre asks him once again to stop laughing. “Housing is too important,” he said.

Plante refuted with a question. “Because it’s a problem when someone laughs, Monsieur Coderre?” “

In terms of the environment, Denis Coderre received some pictures from Plante who criticized his platform for not being detailed enough on what it will do to fight against climate change.

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“How many trees are you planting? Plante asked, saying the Ensemble Montreal platform doesn’t have numbers.

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Things also got worse during the exchange of ideas on the management and restructuring of the Police de Montréal (SPVM).

Coderre said Plante’s party believes in disarming the police at a time when crime in the city is high and pushed her to what she has done to improve the situation.

Plante accuses Coderre of having disappeared when he was mayor and asks him what he did.

“And you, Mr. Coderre, during four years when you were mayor…? You left the boat “

Coderre defended himself by saying that he was taking care of his health.

Balarama Holness has come under attack for his statement saying he would hold a referendum to determine whether Montreal should become a bilingual city.

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Plante and Coderre both said it was not acceptable, but Holness defended his position.

“I want to highlight the French language. We recognize that Montreal is a French-speaking city, but I am also on the side of small businesses, business owners, young people who have legitimate concerns about Bill 96, ”said Holness.

Bill 96 is Quebec’s overhaul of its strict law on the French language.

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The latest poll conducted by Radio-Canada shows Coderre and Plante in the spotlight, Coderre in the lead with just one percentage point and Balarama Holness in a distant third.

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The English-speaking media will co-produce the debate on the candidates for mayor of Montreal

The debate will likely help Francophone voters make a decision.

Voters will have the chance to hear the candidates in English during a debate scheduled for October 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The debate is organized by a consortium of English media, moderated by Global News Morning host Laura Casella.

It will be posted online at Globalnews.ca.


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