Thursday, October 2, 2008
Montreal's Mayor Tremblay Could Face Coalition In The Next Election
From The Montreal Gazette:
Montreal city council's two opposition parties are considering forming a common front in next year's municipal election, a deal that could change the dynamic of local politics.
Benoît Labonté, the leader of the larger of the two parties, Vision Montreal, told me: "I am very, very open" to an "entente."
Richard Bergeron, head of Projet Montréal, said he would welcome a "coalition." Both say their discussions are still informal.
During the 2005 mayoral election, Vision Montreal and then-leader Pierre Bourque received 36 per cent of votes. Bergeron and his party won nine per cent, as Mayor Gérald Tremblay breezed to re-election with 54 per cent.
However, two by-elections in the past year suggest the strength of the opposition is growing. In a contest in Outremont last December, the ruling party's candidate won, but the combined percentage of votes for the two opposition candidates was 52 per cent.
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