Election 2013: Coderre seeks student vote as Coté talks railway tracks
Published Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:07PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 9, 2013 7:06AM EDT
MONTREAL -- With less than a month for mayoral candidates to make their case to voters, frontrunner Denis Coderre was reaching out to students with a speech at l'Université du Montreal Tuesday.
Despite a healthy lead in Monday’s poll on the municipal race, Coderre is still fighting against voter apathy, specifically amongst young people.
While voter turnout is typically low in municipal elections, voter turnout among young people is even lower.
In an effort to combat this, each of the three leading candidates has been invited by a student federation at the University of Montreal to speak there.
While Marcel Coté will be speaking on Thursday, and Richard Bergeron next week, Coderre was first.
Coderre answered questions from reporters about his new campaign posters strategically placed in bus shelters.
“I’d said I wouldn't include signs, but I said -- as a matter of fact last week -- we will have a strategy of visibility. So you have visibility,” he said.
Visibility, however, doesn't seem to be an issue for the former Liberal MP, who grabbed a solid 39 per cent of Montrealers’ votes in Monday’s poll, far ahead of his opponents.
Still, Coderre said he was trying to reach out to young voters and took questions from the crowd.
“It’s important for them. They are the leaders of the future, and they are a full part of the solution, so I think that we have to be inclusive. My role also is to make sure that everybody votes and the municipal level is also important,” he said.
Meanwhile, political newcomer Marcel Coté said he's not worried about the recent poll showing him trailing a distant third.
“The only real poll will be on Nov. 3,” he said.
Standing by the CN tracks at the Old Port, Coté emphasized his commitment to removing them.
“All cities that I know in North America have removed their tracks from the Old Port -- Baltimore, San Francisco, Chicago, and the list can go on and on and on,” said the Coalition Montreal leader.
Aside from noise and safety concerns, Coté said the railway is an obstacle to developing the Old Port, offering an alternative for the trains.
“CN and CP can share the same route, the same rail tracks, which go from Frontenac to the yards of the two companies, which are in Cote de Liesse. This is as efficient as this one,” he said, adding he hopes it's an idea that will resonate with Montrealers who want better access to the river.