Projet Montréal (officially Projet Montréal - Équipe Valérie Plante) is a progressive, environmentalist municipal political party in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 2004, it is led by Valérie Plante, and holds a majority of seats on Montreal City Council.
|Active municipal party|
|Founded||May 28, 2004|
|Headquarters||4000, rue Notre-Dame Ouest|
|Political position||Centre to Centre-Left|
|Colours||Green and Blue|
|Seats on council|
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Projet Montréal is possibly the first party since the Montreal Citizens' Movement (RCM) that was not specifically established to promote a mayoral candidacy. It was created by environmental activists in May 2004.
Richard Bergeron was the party's first mayoral candidate. He was elected to the City Council in 2005 and gathered 8.53% of the vote for Mayor.
In the September 2006 by-election held in the district of Marie-Victorin, Projet Montreal candidate and former city councillor Kettly Beauregard won 31.7% of the vote, for a strong second-place finish.
In December 2007, candidate Jean-Claude Marsan took second place with 37.43% in a by-election to replace disgraced Outremont borough mayor Stephane Harbour. At the same time, there was a by-election in Outremont's Robert-Bourassa district to replace Marie Cinq-Mars, who chose to run for borough mayor. Candidate Denise Rochefort also placed second, with 35.13% of the vote.
In the 2009 Montreal municipal election, Bergeron led the party through steadily increasing polls to a strong third-place showing, winning fourteen seats on city and borough councils, including two borough mayors, and sweeping Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.
In the 2013 Montreal municipal election, Projet Montréal doubled its number of seats within city council, going from 10 to 20. Projet Montreal became the official opposition against Denis Coderre's team. After the election, Richard Bergeron stated that he would resign his party leadership within the next 12 or 24 months. He admitted that he was disappointed with the election results, but that he would remain to make Projet Montréal into a true opposition to Coderre's administration.
Projet Montréal advocates sustainable urbanism, which is the application of the principles of sustainable development to an urban setting, such as Downtown Montreal. One of the party's proposals consists of building light rail in order to do the following:
- reduce car traffic;
- give more room to pedestrians and cyclists;
- increase the residents' quality of life and
- reverse urban sprawl.
Projet Montréal's 2009 platform elaborates commitments for seven major aspects of urban living:
- renewal and expansion of participatory democracy
- affordable housing and reinforcing socio-urban tissue
- sustainable transport (public transit and active transit)
- environmental sustainability
- economic development
- accountability and public services
|Election||Mayoral Candidate||Popular Vote for Mayor||Number of Councillors|
Victories are indicated with bold fonts.
Projet Montréal currently holds the following seats on Montreal City Council and borough councils.
The city councillors listed above all sit on the councils of their respective boroughs. In addition to these, the party holds the following seats on borough councils.
|L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève||Borough councillor, Denis-Benjamin-Viger||Christian Larocque|
|L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève||Borough councillor, Jacques-Bizard||Richard Samoszewski|
|L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève||Borough councillor, Pierre-Foretier||Yves Sarault|
|Lachine||Borough councillor, Du Canal||Julie-Pascale Provost|
|Lachine||Borough councillor, Fort-Rolland||Michèle Flannery|
|Lachine||Borough councillor, J.-Émery-Provost||Younes Boukala|
|Outremont||Borough councillor, Claude-Ryan||Mindy Pollak|
|Outremont||Borough councillor, Jeanne-Sauvé||Fanny Magini|
|Outremont||Borough councillor, Joseph-Beaubien||Valérie Patreau|
|Le Plateau-Mont-Royal||Borough councillor, De Lorimier||Josefina Blanco|
|Le Plateau-Mont-Royal||Borough councillor, Jeanne-Mance||Maeva Vilain|
|Le Plateau-Mont-Royal||Borough councillor, Mile-End||Marie Plourde|
|Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles||Borough councillor, La Pointe-aux-Prairies||Lisa Christensen|
|Le Sud-Ouest||Borough councillor, Saint-Henri–Petite-Bourgogne–Pointe-Saint-Charles||Sophie Thiébaut|
|Le Sud-Ouest||Borough councillor, Saint-Paul–Émard||Alain Vaillancourt|
|Verdun||Borough councillor, Desmarchais-Crawford (1)||Luc Gagnon|
|Verdun||Borough councillor, Desmarchais-Crawford (2)||Marie-Andrée Mauger|
- "Board of Directors". Projet Montréal.
- Projet Montréal picks up council seat in Vieux Rosemont by-election, Montreal Gazette, April 29, 2012
- New Political Party Based On Sustainable Urbanism, Planetizen, November 11, 2004
- A tramline named desire, Montreal Mirror, February 8-14, 2007
- Programme pour la relance durable de Montréal Archived 2009-07-27 at the Wayback Machine