Projet Montréal adopts election platform, including new métro line

Projet Montréal leader Valérie Plante.
Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette files

Members of Projet Montréal adopted new party platform priorities, including a new métro line linking Montreal North and downtown, at a pre-election convention over the weekend. 

“With our program, more families will stay in Montreal or will move here, our commercial arteries will be stronger and our transportation network will be more efficient, as much for public transit users as for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” party leader Valérie Plante said.

The party is the official opposition on Montreal city council.

Plante was elected leader of Projet Montréal by its members last fall. She is also its mayoral candidate in the Montreal municipal election this November. So far, she’s the only declared candidate running against Mayor Denis Coderre. 

The program priorities adopted by party delegates, who met at the Université du Québec à Montréal on Saturday and Sunday, include reducing municipal bureaucracy for small businesses and helping Montrealers travel around the island more easily by proposing to build the new métro line.

Plante first pitched the idea of the so-called métro “pink line” linking Montreal North and downtown during last fall’s leadership race


Plante called the program an ambitious plan for Montreal families.

Also at the convention, delegates voted to change the party name by adding Plante’s name. It now becomes Projet Montréal – Équipe Valérie Plante.

Former Montreal Alouettes safety Balarama Holness, seen in 2010, will run as a candidate for Montreal city council for Projet Montréal in November.

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Montreal Gazette

The party also presented a new recruit who it plans to run as a council candidate in the municipal election – former Montreal Alouettes defensive-back Steven Holness, who now goes by the name Balarama Holness.