Candidates take to the neighbourhoods with their campaigns

Projet Montreal leader Valerie Plante talks with Patrick Letourneau, director general of La Maison du Pharillon drug- treatment centre during a campaign visit in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

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The main mayoral candidates and political parties in the Montreal municipal election fanned out into the neighbourhoods for a low-key Saturday on the hustings.

Incumbent Denis Coderre and Project Montréal leader Valérie Plante spent part of their day in Montreal-North borough.

Coderre had eight campaign events, including stops at a organization that feeds and offers activities to the poor, a shopping centre and a Muslim community centre in Montreal-North, his home borough. 

Later, he had visits in Rosemont, Ville-Marie and Ahuntsic-Cartierville. Coderre attended the “journées de la culture” in Pelican Park in Rosemont, which he followed up with door-to-door campaigning in a seniors’ residence. He assisted with an awards ceremony hosted by the Fondation Albert Monaco in Ville-Marie. He was also scheduled to attend a fundraiser for youth hosted by a karate club in Ahuntsic-Cartierville.

Incumbent Mayor Denis Coderre and Richard Bergeron, right, attended the opening of the Mois du Miel de Bonneau, which is highlighting an urban beekeeping project, at Accueil Bonneau in Montreal, on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

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Plante spent her day in the east end. She started her day by appearing on radio station CIBL on Ste-Catherine St. E, followed by a meeting in Lucie-Bruneau Park in Anjou.

“She is very articulate and has fantastic ideas,” a supporter posted on Instagram. 


Later, Plante met citizens and introduced her slate of candidates in Montreal-North, in the Charleroi public market at Charleroi St. and Armand-Lavergne Blvd.

Plante was scheduled to meet residents and merchants in the historic district of Pointe-aux-Trembles at 3:45 p.m.

Jean Fortier, who is Coalition Montréal’s mayoral candidate, spent Saturday campaigning in western Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and at a shopping centre in St-Laurent borough. He was collecting signatures for his mayoral bid. Fortier said he expects to file his nomination papers on Tuesday.

Fortier, who served as chairman of the city executive committee under Pierre Bourque’s Vision Montreal administration from 1998 to 2001, prefers to campaign by bike to greet voters.

Members of Vrai Changement pour Montréal, including party leader Justine McIntyre, were campaigning door to door in Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough on Saturday. McIntyre is running for borough mayor. The party is not running a candidate for mayor of Montreal.