TL;DR Mayor Valérie Plante has fallen short of her one-year promises to increase municipal transparency, create more housing opportunities for families, and hold construction managers and crews more accountable to their goals. She also broke her promise to not substantially raise taxes.
While a whirlwind year of contentious political developments may make it feel like the mayor has occupied the office for much longer, Plante has reached a critical point in her mandate.
Despite initial opptimisim about Plante's agenda, Montrealers now have mixed feelings about the mayor and her administration.
Though she has made substantial progress on several initiatives, including the creation of the STM Pink line, she has fallen short of some core campaign promises.
Listed below are four key actions that the mayor promised to take in her first year in office that she has either directly broken or postponed.
Though, she still has sixteen days to make some progress.
Despite an election promise to not increase taxes beyond the rate of inflation, Plante's administration raised taxes by 3.3% on average this past winter. Wealthier neighbourhoods like the Plateau Mont-Royal saw even greater increases.
The mayor claimed that the increases were necessary to address a deficit. There's no word yet whether taxes will return to their previous rates.
Of course, more accessible public services are also a part of transparency. Plante has additionally fallen short of her promise to establish an online portal for permit applications, which would do much to simplify the process and create a more welcoming environment for entrepreneurs.
More accountability for city construction
The campaign promise that probably most excited Montreal voters, other than the STM Pink line, was that to send inspectors to construction sites to ensure that crews both meet their goals and follow the law.
Montreal's iconic Greenspot restaurant is selling hot dogs for $0.74 this weekend, September 18 and 19, to celebrate its 74th anniversary.
On Facebook, the Saint-Henri institution says it's converting its small parking lot on avenue Greene into a picnic area for the event.
And the wiener fun doesn't stop there. Greenspot is having a contest on its Instagram page where followers have the chance to win 74 hot dogs — a prize they can redeem at their discretion.
The restaurant invites followers to share the Instagram post and tag three friends to enter the contest.
Daily two-for-one deals have also been part of the 74th-anniversary celebrations.
Dating back to 1947, Greenspot serves American and Quebec diner classics (including a long list of hearty poutines) amid retro decor (including individual table jukeboxes — they don't work but they're super charming!).
Get the details on the 74th-anniversary hot dog deal below.
Greenspot Diner 74¢ Hot Dogs
When: September 18 and 19, 2021
Where: Greenspot restaurant, 3041, rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal, QC