Montreal is the land of taxes. Sometimes this city feels a bit too much like that Beatles song:
"If you drive a car, I'll tax the street
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet"
Well soon we'll be able to add a lyric about "garbage", because the city of Montreal wants to tax you for that too.
Just last week, the city introduced a new garbage plan where every citizen now had to compost their food scraps. If the city finds out you've been throwing out food in the garbage, you could be looking at a 1000 dollar fine.
But I guess that wasn't good enough because Denis Coderre is now seriously considering charging Montrealers for how much garbage they produce.
No word yet on what the limit per household would be or how much you would get charged for going over the limit.
The city tested this idea in Beaconsfield although individuals who went over the garbage limit were not fined. They just wanted to see if it would encourage people to be more careful, and it did.
Those who participated in the programs produced 30% less waste than everyone else. With results like these, I'm sure it won't take long before the garbage tax becomes a reality everywhere in Montreal.
The only annoying part is that I highly doubt people will just throw out the garbage and wait to get hit with a fine. chances are they will start either throwing garbage out in neighborhood dumpers or public garbage cans.
Or worse, some people might start holding on to their garbage or just tossing garbage bags out on random street corners.
As if that wasn't bad enough, it's not the only new tax in the works.
The Mayor also mentioned he wants to install water meters in every single household and charge those who use too much water.
The only good part about this, is that if you happen to use much less water than expected, the city of Montreal would reimburse you for the water you didn't use.
Oops, he did it again. Denis Coderre announced that he will be quitting politics at a short press conference at his campaign headquarters on Friday afternoon.
"I'm quitting political life and I will not be head of the opposition," said Coderre.
The former and would-be mayor ran his campaign with plenty of promises, a lot of bravado, some flip-flops and a scandal peppered in for good measure.
In the last days of the campaign, Coderre was dogged by accusations about his lack of transparency over his past income. He never seemed to recover after that, progressively (regressively?) losing ground to Valérie Plante's Projet Montréal in polls leading up to Election Day.
In the mayoral vote, Coderre only attained 37.97% of the vote share and his Ensemble Montréal party was swept in many key boroughs by Projet Montréal.
In his 2017 campaign, Coderre also lost by a significant margin to Plante. He quit politics then, as well.
Today, Coderre was less than effusive about his future plans. "I'm going to do other things," he explained.
"Forty years in public life, 12 electoral campaigns, about 16 years in Ottawa... as mayor I contributed to the renaissance of Montreal after past corruption as you'll remember [...] I'm very proud of my team."
Despite being the official opposition at city hall, Ensemble Montréal is now left without a leader. Former party leader Lionel Perez also lost his seat in NDG and there's no clear succession path at the moment.
"Montreal is not a village, it's a large city with vibrant neighbourhoods [...] I love it with all my heart," said Coderre.
"We're looking towards the future and I'm very proud of what I was able to accomplish this past year."
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Élections Montréal has not declared a winner as of the time of writing. But Plante was leading Coderre with 51.77% of the vote as of 9:33 p.m.
Quebec Premier François Legault congratulated Plante on Twitter, saying he'd continue to work with her "on the issues that affect the metropolis."
Je tiens \u00e0 f\u00e9liciter @Val_Plante pour sa victoire de ce soir et son \u00e9lection \u00e0 titre de mairesse de Montr\u00e9al. Nous allons continuer de collaborer\u00a0sur les enjeux qui touchent la m\u00e9tropole.
In her victory speech, Mayor Plante expressed pride that Montrealers had once again elected a woman to lead the city and said this election proved that the rise of Projet Montréal in 2017 wasn't a fluke.
"You have given us the privilege and honour to be your administration once again," Plante said during a portion of her speech in English.
"You can count on us to be there, to listen, to represent all of you."
With Montreal election polling stations set to close at 8 p.m., the latest poll from Léger and the Journal de Montréal showed incumbent mayor Valérie Plante ahead of her opponents.
The poll, which reached 515 voters between November 3 and 4, had Valérie Plante leading rival Denis Coderre by five percentage points overall (including decided and undecided voters).
Correction du graphique de ce matin: il manquait les 9% de r\u00e9pondants ind\u00e9cis. \n\nVoici les r\u00e9sultats du sondage L\u00e9ger parmi les \u00e9lecteurs d\u00e9cid\u00e9s:\n\n44% Val\u00e9rie Plante\n39% Denis Coderre.\n14% Balarama Holness\n\n\u2192 https://qc125.com/mtl/\u00a0\n\n#mtlpoli https://twitter.com/338Canada/status/1456964706804150276\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/W2JabNcd1d
— Philippe J. Fournier (@Philippe J. Fournier)
Plante was the favourite among 40% of respondents. Ensemble Montréal and Denis Coderre weren't far behind with 35% support.
Balarama Holness and the upstart Mouvement Montréal has support from 13% of poll respondents.
It's been a tight race right up to the end, with the mayoral candidates duking it out for the future of Montreal.
But anything can happen on election night.
Who's going to be Montreal's new mayor? Stay tuned to MTL Blog to find out!