Municipal election campaigns officially begin
Published Friday, September 20, 2013 2:43PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 20, 2013 6:33PM EDT
Municipal election campaigns are now underway in Quebec.
Signs sprang up in municpalities early Friday morning in anticipation of elections on Nov. 3, 2013.
8,000 councillor and mayoral positions are up for grabs in 1,100 municipalities across the province, and candidates have until Oct. 4 to officially register their nominations with the Director General of Elections.
The DGE has, as a significant task, to keep a very close eye on election campaign spending by candidates.
In Montreal the main mayoralty candidates have made or are scheduled to make speeches introducing their roster of candidates.
Richard Bergeron, leader of Projet Montreal, was the first to talk.
Projet Montreal is touting itself as the only party in the city that is free from the taint of corruption, but also focusing on its goal of enticing more people to live in Montreal by improving public transit, housing, and promoting economic development.
Marcel Coté of the Coalition Montreal is running his group on a platform that emphasizes a diversified economy on a human scale, stringent ethics, and improving the quality of city services.
Denis Coderre aims to restore Montrealers confidence in the city, make information about city spending accessible to all, and to make all forms of transportation more efficient.
Melanie Joly is still assembling a team of candidates.