Only a few days after a large number of Montrealers called out mayoral candidate Denis Coderre's proposal to ban park drinking at night, he himself flip-flopped on the issue. \nCoderre, whose suggestion to impose an 8 p.m. drinking ban in parks has been intensely scrutinized and even mocked by fellow mayoral candidates, had said that this move would "help citizens regain a sense of calm."\nEditor's Choice: Here's How You Can Get A Free Tim Hortons Donut On National Donut Day\n\nWhat did Coderre say about his plan?\nIn a statement posted to Twitter on June 2, Coderre deplored the "violence on the territory of Montreal, particularly in the parks and in the streets" and criticized Plante's administration as "laissez-faire."\n"Police need tools," he wrote. "Temporary measures should be advocated until Montreal gets back to normal."\nOn Wednesday, MTL Blog asked Coderre's team whether he thought the drinking curfew proposal would deter young Montrealers from voting for him in the next election but did not receive a response.\nCoderre backed down on his plan at a press conference on Friday morning.\n"For me, the 8 p.m. is not important. Security is important," he said.\n"It's not a question of being a 'party-pooper,' [...] but there's a situation [in Montreal]." \nHe pointed to incidents of large gatherings in public spaces and reports of gunfire in the city. \n\nWhat did the other candidates say about Coderre's drinking curfew?\nIn response to Coderre's proposal to ban alcohol consumption after 8:00pm in our city parks: We are already losing sight of what is important -Montrealers. Let’s make a change to protect the future of Montreal. pic.twitter.com/MEW41sPI55— Balarama Holness (@BalaramaHolness) June 4, 2021\n\nMontreal mayoral candidate Balarama Holness called out Coderre's drinking curfew plan as a "discriminatory policy that would disproportionately affect young people, marginalized folks, and low-income or unhoused populations in Montreal." \nIn a statement, Holness said that "the rationale behind Coderre’s proposed ban — to 'make sure everybody feels safe' — elides histories of racial and social profiling in the city that were made abundantly clear in the OCPM’s report on systemic racism and discrimination in Montreal."\nMayor Valérie Plante, meanwhile, said Coderre's plan was "out of touch with reality." \nThe mayoral election will take place in November 2021.