I know what you're thinking. Probably something along the lines of "this bi#ch is crazy", and you could be right, maybe I am crazy. If you told me a year ago that Montrealers and Torontonians were the same, I definitely would've told you off. But, being a successfully integrated Montrealer, I'm somewhat of an authority on the subject. And I have come to the conclusion that the two are much more similar than they would like to admit.
Allow me to explain.
If we're looking at the cities from a tactile point of view, they're obviously extremely different. Toronto is a giant - a mammoth even. It's a mish-mash of just about everything, and can give the area a disjointed atmosphere. Montreal is much more cohesive. The boroughs flow into each other like puzzle pieces, it's smaller and even cramped at some points, but it works.
So yes, looking at Montreal and Toronto from a superficial position, they are in fact, different. But I'm not talking about the city superficially, I'm want to talk about the people. And these people are similar for two very important reasons:
1. People love to $hit on Torontonians and Montrealers
2. There isn't really a sense of identity when it comes to either.
The first point is obvious. Everyone hates Toronto, like a lot. There are polls and everything. If you're still not convinced, I have a separate article on this issue that you can browse through at your skeptical leisure. But, surprisingly, enough people hate Montreal as well. Quebec itself gets a lot of flack from the nation, and in turn, Quebec gives a lot of flack to Montreal. Mostly stemming from sensitive language debates.
If you want to read more about that, I suggest you click on this, this or this. Which leads me into my next point: The hatred these cities receive lead to them becoming essentially 'isolated' from the rest of Canada, leaving them both with a lost sense of identity.
Toronto isn't considered to be an authentic Canadian experience because it's too "Americanized". Montreal isn't considered to be an authentic Québecois experience because it's too "anglicized". So you're put in a pickle. Do we relinquish our unique pride and try to be what everyone wants us to be? Or continue trailblazing while being criticized every step of the way? I don't know to be honest with you; I've seen it go both ways.
Some people have an urge to make up with Canada/Quebec and re-acquaint themselves with their roots. But others (and I think this is the majority) want to take this lost sense of identity and create something new from it. I've heard people from Montreal say they don't identify as Canadians, or Quebecers, but Montrealers. Toronto's the same way. And I think it's great. In my opinion, Toronto and Montreal should put their differences aside and band together to create one super city, and destroy Vancouver. It's all their fault anyway.