Borough of Ville Marie has no say on electing Mayor of Montreal

Borough of Ville Marie

It is one of the strange anomalies in our city: in the Borough of Ville Marie that comprises the downtown area and its eastern and western extensions, its main authority—the Mayor—is not elected by its citizens. This democratic deficit that goes back to an amendment to the city charter puts indeed the borough in a sort of “colonial status” with respect to the rest of the city. The city Mayor is also the borough Mayor. To add insult to injury, the charter allows the Mayor to appoint two other councillors, from other boroughs, to sit as full members of the borough council. The purpose of this legal tactic is basically to give the mayor an eventual veto in case that he/she is in a minority situation since Ville Marie actually elects three councillors. A cynic manoeuvre to ensure political control of the borough? A measure to facilitate governance of the central district?

Mayor Valerie Plante has been non-committal on this issue,
although her party had campaigned for an elected mayor for Ville Marie

The reason for the city mayor to double as borough mayor has also been rationalized. It has been suggested that the central district of any metropolis is not only the concern of its local citizens but of the whole city inhabitants. However, this is an argument that the current municipal party in power, Projet Montréal, had rejected when it was campaigning for election. That previous stance has changed though. Neither Projet Montréal nor Mayor Valerie Plante seem very interested in pressing the provincial government to change the law and allow Ville Marie citizens to vote for their own mayor. “It is not a priority” replied Mayor Plante when I asked the question during a borough council last year. I contacted her again on this occasion, and I only got a reply from her press secretary, Catherine Cadotte: “A mandate was given to the departments to document the issue of representativeness in the Ville-Marie borough, identify different possible scenarios for legislative and governance changes, and then submit them to the local population for public consultation. To develop these scenarios, city and borough departments will need to be accompanied by experts. A working committee comprising various City departments and experts will be appointed by the end of the year.”

Citizens of Ville Marie borough don’t elect their Mayor

According to a release made by the Peter McGill Community Council, “Bernard Sanchez, a resident and President of the Shaughnessy Village Association, and Jennifer Maccarone, our provincial representative for Westmount–Saint-Louis, recently worked together to submit a petition to the Quebec government. The petition asks the government to remove paragraph 2 of article 17 of the City of Montreal Charter, which would allow our borough to elect its own mayor.”

Mr. Sanchez, who launched the petition, explains: “Although Ville Marie represents between 25 and 30% of the Quebec GDP, it is since 2009 the only borough in Montreal and in Canada not to be able to elect its mayor. In fact, we have 6 representatives, including the mayor, but only 3 are actually elected. Furthermore, businesses and stores are suffering from a lack of attention, and many are facing closing. Mayor Plante admitted in many interviews that she is overloaded and does not really have the time to do a quality job for Ville Marie. Nothing against her but it is a fact with all the functions she has, and even more during this pandemic.”

He then adds: “Out of the last three Mayors, she is the only one that made the promise to stop this injustice within 100 days of her mandate. We are in more than 1070 days in her mandate.”

The petition has gathered a great deal of support among residents of the borough, Mayor Plante however, remains non-committal on the issue. With municipal elections scheduled for next year, the citizens of Ville Marie expect that by then, some action had been taken to restore their democratic right to choose their own mayor. And, also, get rid of the two “guest” councillors who most likely, are seen as intruders by most Ville Marie residents.

By: Sergio Martinez – [email protected]

Other articles from mtltimes.caotttimes.catotimes.ca

Winter 2021 forecast – La Nina to play prominent role

The New McGill College Avenue

How UBER changed my life!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email
Is it possible to get an A for a 5-paragraph essay assignment in 1 hour? We can safely say yes, a student can get an A+ mark if he turns to EduJungles


staycation

The ultimate guide to planning a long family staycation in Canada

To guarantee that everyone has an amazing time, careful planning is necessary when organizing a lengthy staycation. Here’s the ultimate guide to planning your family staycation in Canada. Canada, with its vast landscapes, diverse cities, and rich cultural heritage, offers endless possibilities for a memorable family staycation. Whether you’re exploring the stunning natural beauty of

Meal kits

Cost vs. Convenience: Analyzing meal kits and traditional cooking

In this modern world and modern times, convenience often takes priority over cost, especially when it comes to food. Meal kits and traditional cooking represent two different approaches to home dining, and each of them has advantages and disadvantages. Analyzing these methods through the lens of cost and convenience provides insight into why individuals might

Condo renovations

Condo renovations Dos and Don’ts: Expert Tips for a Successful Project

Embarking on a condo renovations journey can be both exhilarating and daunting. Imagine transforming your living space into a stylish haven that reflects your personality and meets your needs. While exciting, the process can be full of challenges and unforeseen hiccups. That’s why we’ve gathered some condo renovation dos and don’ts from the experts to

Terrific Hair

Terrific Hair Means Tamanu – Earth to Body

Curly, straight, thick, thin, kinky or silky, tamanu loves and makes terrific Hair.  And scalps. Nutritionally dense yet gentle, tamanu is an effective and versatile nut oil. It stimulates, helps promote growth. prevents hair loss, reduces scalp itch and irritations and adds a natural sheen! Make tamanu a part of your hair and scalp care

Understanding the 4 legal process after a DUI Crash

A single mistake can have serious consequences, especially when driving under the influence. The aftermath of a DUI crash extends beyond physical harm and property damage. It involves a complex legal process that may feel overwhelming. As a responsible citizen, it’s vital to grasp the legal system and your rights in such situations. This blog

personal injury lawyer

Pedestrian accident: How a personal injury lawyer can help you

Accidents involving pedestrians can be life-altering. You could be walking down the street or crossing a street. A vehicle’s sudden impact can change everything right away. If you’ve found yourself in such a situation, you might be wondering how to move forward. This is where a personal injury lawyer steps in, offering crucial help and

Mtltimes Subscription

The latest on what’s moving Montreal and the world – delivered straight to your inbox