Valérie Plante does not intend to play the role of the opposition in Quebec
Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante believes that by electing representatives of the four main parties, Montrealers are guaranteed to have their voices heard in the National Assembly.
In the aftermath of a vote that left only two seats in the government of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) on the island of Montreal, Mayor Valérie Plante believes that her administration will be fully capable of carrying out its projects with François Legault's team, just as it did during the last mandate.
After distributing the usual congratulations on Tuesday morning the day after the he election which only granted two seats out of 27 to the CAQ on the island of Montreal, Valérie Plante warned from the outset that the cities will not play the role of opposition in the National Assembly.< /p>
We have always worked collaboratively. During the last mandate, we had two members of the CAQ on the island of Montreal, and we did great things together, recalled Mayor Plante.
Visibly curious to know the composition of the next Cabinet Legault, Ms. Plante tried to alleviate the representation deficit of her city in the future government by explaining that Montreal already has several natural allies within the CAQ.
I think of Eric Girard, I think of Pierre Fitzgibbon, I think of Christian Dubé, and the Prime Minister himself reminded us that he lives in Montreal and that he pays his taxes in Montreal, underlined Valérie Plante.
“We have three out of four chefs who are in Montreal. The four elected parties are represented there. I think Montrealers have sent a message that they want all parties to carry the voice of Montrealers in the National Assembly. »
—Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal
Despite the lack of affection shown by Montrealers for the CAQ in the polling booth during the last two elections, Valérie Plante defended the record of the last government, in particular the interest it shows for the east of Montreal.
During the last mandate, with the same number of CAQ deputies in Montreal, we really did great things… The REM in the East, the Charter for the East of Montreal, there is no government or administration who has made such concrete progress on the desire to develop the east of Montreal, recalled Ms. Plante.
Insofar as 25 of the 27 ridings on the island are in the hands of opposition parties, Valérie Plante explained that it is above all government representatives that she intends to address to advance her issues, particularly in terms of housing, public transport, ecological transition and above all taxation.
Of course, we want Ms. Anglade, Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon and Mr. Nadeau-Dubois to make the voices of Montrealers heard, since they are elected on the territory, but our main interlocutor is the government. from the CAQ and it's Mr. Legault.
In retrospect, the mayor of Montreal, who is also president of the Metropolitan Community of Montreal (CMM) and of the Caucus of the big cities of Quebec, is said to be satisfied with the electoral campaign insofar as we have never heard so much about the priorities of the cities during the campaign.
That was our objective and I am very proud. The metropolis will be an essential partner of the government in promoting the objectives of its cities, she added.
Recall that at the end of yesterday's election, the CAQ only won the ridings of Pointe-aux-Trembles (retained by Minister Chantal Rouleau) and Anjou-Louis -Riel (won by Karine Boivin Roy) on the island of Montreal.
The Liberal Party of Quebec won 16, Quebec solidaire 8 and the Parti Québécois had its leader (Paul St-Pierre Plamondon) elected in Camille-Laurin.