Plante shot back: "For you, when [people] laugh it's a problem, Mr. Coderre?"
Montreal mayoral candidates are done playing nice. Claws were out and eyes were rolling during a tense three-way debate between Valérie Plante, Denis Coderre and Balarama Holness on TVA Thursday night.
One heated exchange between Coderre and Plante escalated to the point of a personal attack when the former mayor snapped at the incumbent to "stop laughing."
"When you laugh you're nervous, stop," Coderre sternly told Plante as the two debated housing. The current mayor laughed after her opponent called her theory about housing affordability "not true."
Plante responded with a sharp "excuse me?"
Coderre then doubled down, demanding that the mayor "stop laughing" because "housing is too important."
"For you, when [people] laugh it's a problem, Mr. Coderre?" Plante charged. Coderre then quickly returned to the debate segment topic, saying the problem is the Plante administration's housing policy.
Plante's party, Projet Montréal, criticized Coderre's comments on social media.
Aspirer au poste de maire de Montréal en 2021. S'adresser à une femme comme en 1961. #polmtl https://t.co/gKKxjBWxuT— Marianne Giguère (elle/her/she) (@Marianne Giguère (elle/her/she)) 1634860058.0
"Could he be any more macho by telling [Mayor Plante] how she should behave?" one post retweeted by the party reads.
"Aspiring to be mayor of Montreal in 2021. Addressing a woman like it's 1961," Projet Montréal City Councilor Marianne Giguère wrote in response.
MTL Blog has reached out to Denis Coderre's party, Ensemble Montréal, for a comment on this story. We'll update this article when we receive a response.
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