Your guide to the new Denis Coderre
To understand Denis Coderre’s return to urban politics, there are three things you need to know:
For one thing, he believes he lost the 2017 mayoral election to Valérie Plante not because Montrealers agreed with his vision for the future of the city but because the election was a “referendum for my personality.”
And, with his first confession on Tuesday’s questions, he became more and more aggressive and militant at the end of his term.
Second, Coderre believes Montreal is in dire straits now more than when he left his job, despite GDP growth and retirement before the epidemic.
He feels that the city center is weak. They are concerned about the exodus of families to rural areas and are concerned about disputes over motorcycle disputes.
“We are,” he said, “losing the Montreal experience.”
Coderre speaks out after losing the 2017 mayoral election. He also spoke openly about the challenges he faced after his death. (Ryan Remiorz / Writer Canada)
Three, as the “self-proclaimed” chief “believes that in all the problems facing the city, from the police to the dormitories, compromise is possible.
If you buy Coderre’s assumptions that it was about his personality, you’ll want to know if he has changed.
If you buy the claim that Montreal is worse without him, you will want to know what he can do differently.
But this is no trivial matter unless you personally agree with him.
A new person?
In a number of recent interviews, Coderre spoke openly about the challenges he faced at the end of his term, and how he found them.
The most questionable question, when he wants to start a party against the Ensemble Montreal, is whether he has changed as a politician.
Coderre says the answer is yes; is eager to listen now.
Before he got lost in 2017, he was constantly criticized for my approach.
A well-known example is the fiasco on Formula E, an electric car race that forced them to cross parts of the city to celebrate Montreal’s 375th birthday.
In the final race, he went on to say that his competition was a success, even though the vendors later showed that it was not good.
“It was a mistake,” he said. “I paid. And I apologize for the mistake.”
The errors he intends to receive, however, are minimal.
An investigation into the Montreal general manager concluded in 2018 that the Coderre office ignored repeated warnings from the city’s attorneys, who were concerned about forming a for-profit organization to support the competition.
Coderre denies that he received any warnings, or that there are any concerns about his management.
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It’s a topic he wants to get out of. Other than that, he just wrote a 300-page book about the future of Montreal.
Sometimes it’s weird and heavy on Coderre’s well-dressed outfits – the show also includes “walking and chewing gum at the same time” and “picking and choosing.”
But on some topics the book offers practical suggestions on how to look after its campaign.
Take, for example, complex connections around a number of cities and affordable family homes.
With developments, such as motorcycles and much more, Plante’s management has shown itself to be unwilling to wait for the agreement to come out. (Ivanoh Demers / Radio-Canada)
Coderre says the district should shift the responsibility of overseeing construction and secondary education in the city.
With the choice of where to build a school, he says, Montreal could create a place for more families.
He also recommends delays in raising property taxes for people earning fixed income, as a way to reduce gentrification.
The realization of the city is done through business taxes and the creation of small business centers for those whose businesses are located mainly online.
“All of these things together make a beautiful city. Not only the city, but all parts of the city,” he said.
In the various facets of the major cities that Montreal is facing, there are a few that Coderre believes cannot be solved by “talking about this,” or “working together” or “sitting at the negotiating table.”
He is not the first politician to offer dialogue as a way to solve seemingly impossible problems.
But with Coderre, it also shows the emotional attachment he has for control, and perhaps the biggest difference with Plante.
Coderre strongly opposes how the current system often targets motorbikes against motorists and business owners.
He does not disagree with the idea of motorcycles but says that they should be built in harmony with the rest.
“They have to go with them. You can’t force them,” he said.
After pushing him, however, he failed to come up with a satisfactory plan for how to make a bike on a big bike without angry traders.
Coderre is paying close attention to how modern governments have put in place measures against motorists and business owners. (Ivanoh Demers / Radio-Canada)
Coderre has also vowed to repeal the Montreal housing regulations, which will come into effect next month, forcing senior executives to include low-cost projects or contribute money to the town hall fund.
Entering the real estate market, he wrote in his book, driving prices and promoting advertisers.
“If the manufacturers are not part of the negotiations, do you think they will be ready to make anything?” He said in an interview.
One of the reasons, however, that the city is facing a severe shortage of housing is that government agencies are constantly failing to provide adequate rent to Montrealers who receive low incomes.
With developments, such as motorcycle systems and much more, Plante’s management has shown itself to be unwilling to wait for the agreement to come out.
For better or worse, it was determined that the delivery of the public goods was adequate enough to accommodate other complaints.
The question of how to donate government property will be a big one in the fall industry, regardless of whether Coderre has changed or not.