Following the November 5th Montreal municipal elections, Vrai changement pour Montréal no longer has any elected representatives. First, I wish to sincerely thank all those who proudly carried our banner as candidates in this election campaign; those who formed our support team as well as our numerous and dedicated volunteers, and those who cast their ballot in our favour.

We chose to not run a candidate for Mayor of Montreal. This choice was political as well as pragmatic : without candidats in all the districts, we preferred to concentrate our energy and resources on local teams in a few targeted boroughs. Our objective was not to win the mayoral seat but rather to elect local councillors, which would have allowed us to have a strong local presence as well as an interesting representativity at City Council.

In a partisan system such as that of the City of Montreal, individual and local efforts are rarely rewarded; media attention is focused on the mayoral race and Montrealers are consequently poorly informed on alternative options.

If I chose this strategy with the support of my party, it’s because I believe in local involvement and in the soundness of building a party on a solid foundation before aiming higher. I am proud of the campaign we led and proud of the candidates who believed in and adhered to our political mission; they had the courage to try to practice politics differently, by advancing local projects over political promises and inverting the pyramidal power structure.

I recognize that this strategy did not resound with the electorate and therefore although Vrai changement pour Montréal remains as a party structure, it will not be politically active in the short to medium term.

I salute Denis Coderre, who is leaving the City just as things are starting to look up, largely due to his leadership. I congratulate Valérie Plante for her successful campaign and sincerely wish that she and her party may succeed in leading a less divisive, more participatory and productive City council, for the greater benefit of all Montrealers.

I encourage Montrealers to continue to be actively involved in municipal politics; to hold our elected officials accountable and to be a watchdog to the work of our City Council and its new administration. The power of change is in your hands!

Justine McIntyre
Party leader, Vrai changement pour Montréal

Montreal, Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"What's at stake in Pierrefonds-Roxboro is the ability to listen to the citizen's concerns", Justine McIntyre

Vrai changement pour Montréal leader and Pierrefonds-Roxboro mayoral candidate, Justine McIntyre, urges citizens to take advantage of the days remaining in this countdown to the November 5th election to identify the team that will best listen to and meet the needs of the people of the borough.

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