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!
Party leader, Vrai changement pour Montréal