Day One for Montreal's new mayor
Published Wednesday, June 26, 2013 2:54PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:00PM EDT
A regularly scheduled executive committee meeting was held behind closed doors one day after Blanchard was sworn in as interim mayor after being chosen by his fellow city councillors.
Blanchard’s job is now to rally the troops, keeping everyone and everything in order for the next four months.
“He is very dedicated, he is very serious, he is very generous and I think the most important for the situation we are in in Montreal, he has the great ability to make sure people will work together,” said Menard.
In the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, where Blanchard was first elected in 2005, it's welcome news.
“When he takes something on, he gives it his all. I have total confidence, and it will be good to have someone new,” said longtime Hochelaga-Maisonneuve resident Gaetan Dompierre, who said he's known Blanchard for a long time, and that he's been good to his constituents.
As Mayor Blanchard will now be in charge of overseeing the city's finances, and he will have a busy four months ahead: the city will need to draw up and approve a budget before November's municipal elections.
Blanchard was a Vision Montreal councillor until last fall, when then-Mayor Michael Applebaum insisted he sit as an independent while on the city's executive committee.
Applebaum was arrested and charged last week with 14 counts of corruption and fraud for crimes allegedly committed before he was named Mayor of Montreal.