Lagging behind in voting intentions, Montreal mayoral candidates Mark-Antoine Deszardins and Balarama Holness decided to come together to form a third route in view of the November 7 municipal elections.
“Everyone on our side is in a position to divide the vote and give our main rivals a chance.
Mr. Holness will be the candidate for mayor of Montreal. Mr. Desjardins will submit his candidacy for the as yet undecided district mayor. The two appeared together in front of City Hall on Thursday to announce their union.
However, despite this alliance, the two parties exist separately. However, in some boroughs they reorganize their members’ candidatures to avoid competition.
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A total of 43 candidates registered for the election in Montreal on Thursday. Rallyment for Montreal 17. A total of 103 seats will be available in the upcoming election.
The two leaders have different positions on certain issues, especially in terms of language. Mr. Holness promised this summer that he would turn Montreal into a bilingual city.
“Point 1 in my program will not change anything in terms of promoting the French language. My program for the city will be permanent in our view,” Mr Deszardins, who underlined, explained that this was an important condition for the alliance.
The difference between the two leaders in terms of public safety was also noted before this alliance. “When it comes to the police, we do not go to that area. We are for promotion [Service de police de la Ville de Montréal], It also goes with a tangle at the community level ”, qualified Mr. Deszardins.
In a recent survey conducted by the organization on behalf of the daily newspaper “Le Devoir”, Denise Coderre’s party collected 37% of voting intentions ahead of Ensemble Montreal and Project Montreal (36%). Mayor, Valerie Plante. Movement Montreal and Rallyment Por Montreal received 8% and 5% support, respectively.
In the press, candidate for mayor Denis Coderre also responded to the statement.
“Maybe they should talk to each other more because they said one thing and the opposite. They have very different positions, we allow them to do that. I’m not running against others, I’m running for Montreal,” he said.
For Daniel Pilot, a professor at the University of Quebec (UQAM) in Montreal and a specialist in municipal politics, the alliance between the two parties is “not surprising”
“It shows that political programs are less prevalent than personalities. Training is primarily based on personalities,” she explained Thursday.
According to her, the different political structures in the town hall are not different from each other, it is different from all policies and different methods.