Valérie Plante, "the man" for the mayor's job?

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Valérie Plante, "the man" for the mayor's job?

One of Projet Montréal mayoral candidate's recent ads calls her "l'homme de la situation". The controversy was deliberate. In French, expressions such as "J'vais mettre un homme là-dessus" don't really have a feminine equivalent.

Getting to know Valérie Plante:

Actually, she is every bit as committed to public and active transport as Richard Bergeron was; she is simply a far less rigid personality type.


I'll be voting for Plante, mainly because I prefer infrastructure investment to Coderre's government which is entirely focused on spectacle. I don't care about the 3 and 3/4 centennial celebration and it doesn't warrant a billion dollars of wasted money, I don't care about F1 and I don't care about the Expos and don't think the city should be spend at least half a billion on the new stadium that we'll never get back in "economic spinoffs".

A new metro line is expensive, but at least we'll get a new metro line out of it.

Thing is while I hope she'll win and will definitely be voting for her, I don't predict a win for her right now and I say this as a member of Projet. She knows she needs the suburbs to win, but the pink line won't be enough to do it. By Plante's own estimates the pink line would be done hopefully by the 400th anniversary in 2042, people don't vote based on what you'll do for them in 25 years. Its an excellent aspirational goal, but not a project to base a plank of your platform on.

If I were running as or advising a city council candidate for Projet where I live in Riviere des Prairies I would definitely emphasize the Pink line, but what is more important is emphasizing better bus service and road repairs. This is standard fare I understand, but the bus service remains terrible in RDP and the Union Montreal/Coderre people are very vulnerable on that file. Talk about specific bus lines that need more service (ie. 448 that runs after 9:45am for example) and suggest new express bus lines that connect RDP to metro stations that aren't Radisson, ideally one going to a blue line station and another to a orange line station.


Better bus routes are certainly needed, but they are utterly insufficient to diminish the traffic - and public transport - snarl. The orange line southbound is saturated by métro Jarry, since the extension to Laval. The extension was an excellent thing, but we need another route. I think a diagonal "pink" line is genius, ESPECIALLY for people in northeastern Montréal. Many do long commutes, especially recent immigrants without much money.

I also agree with bringing back trams, for example on avenue du Parc because the orange line is utterly saturated. There has been an important enhancement of the 55 St-Laurent bus; now it goes all the way from the Palais de justice in Old Montréal to Henri-Bourassa in the north end (Ahuntsic).

Unfortunately, RDP is an example of bad, sprawly planning that should never have been accepted in that form so recently. I think I've only been their once, giving a talk on immigration and labour history at the local library. Took me about 2 hours! Longer than it takes to get to Ottawa...

I have a couple of clients in Laval, and I can get there very quickly via the orange line, and I'm travelling against the rush. Friends teaching up there find it easier than getting downtown (from the Jean-Talon métro area).

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..if i lived there i would vote for her. lip service is aplenty while commitment to transit is surprisingly rare. 


I hope that Plante wins, but a story from the Gazette today pretty much sums up what I think will happen.

Plante will do well in the parts of the city that the media and politicians care about, but she'll be absolutely trounced where the forgotten Montrealers live and as a result she'll lose (Coderre will win in the same was Rob Ford did in Toronto). I'm thinking that Coderre will lose seats in City Council and not have a majority and Projet will gain, but he'll stay mayor.

Who are these forgotten Montrealers? The suburbs in the east end.

Anjou, Montreal North, RDP-PAT and Saint Leonard.

Without the vote splitting from Vrai Changement and Coalition, Coderre has a good chance of getting between 60-80% in these boroughs.

Projet will also gain large majorities in Rosemont and the Plateau, but other than those two there are no real strongholds.