Candidates woo English-speaking voters at town hall
Published Friday, October 25, 2013 11:03PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 28, 2013 9:20AM EDT
MONTREAL - With just nine days left until voters go the polls, the top four mayoral candidates pressed hard to win support at an English-language town hall Friday evening.
Marcel Côté, Mélanie Joly, Richard Bergeron and Denis Coderre all harped on their now-familiar themes at the Oscar Peterson Hall.
Côté and Joly continued to argue that their lack of experience in politics will serve voters well.
But Bergeron and Coderre were not apologizing for their experience in the political realm.
“I did not decide four months ago that I want to be mayor of Montreal,” said Bergeron, taking aim at the two political neophytes.
Longtime former Liberal MP and current mayoral frontrunner Denis Coderre also stressed his familiarity and suggested that his involvement in politics is an outgrowth of his desire to serve. “With me what you see is what you get. I love people. I love to serve people,” said Coderre.
Joly, for her part, played up her business acumen.
“I know I don't have the political experience. I’m a lawyer, I ran a company, one of the Molson family businesses,” said Joly.
One of the few rocky moments occurred when Projet Montreal mayoral candidate Richard Bergeron stated that English service is possible to obtain anywhere in the city, an assertion that was met with some booing.
Once again, all four candidates promised to be fierce defenders of Montreal.
The town hall, hosted by CJAD and The Gazette, proved to be a winner among over 500 people in attendance as a CTV Montreal informal random survey of those leaving the hall saw praise issued to all four candidates.