Its been many a month since the municipal elections were over and Denis Coderre was voted in as the mayor of Montreal. At first, we laughed (#Coderring) but as time has passed, Coderre has proved himself a pretty good mayor. Tackling many of the city's major issues, plus his hilarious frowny face, Coderre is in the MTL Blog good books. What about yours? Read on and you may change your mind.
Chillin with the City's Youth
Grabbing a drink with the cool kids of St. Laurent, Coderre met up with, Zack Macklovitch and the Saintwoods crew at Suwu for a quick drink. The owners of Suwu and Apt. 200 and the mayor of Montreal showed they could get along, which definitely gives Coderre some party-cred.
Connecting with the Rest of Quebec
Rather than just hide out in Montreal, Coderre is making an active effort to remake amicable rapports between Montreal and other major cities in Quebec. Coderre has already travelled to Rimouski, Quebec City, and will venture to Victoriaville in hopes of making Montreal's goals in line with the rest of Quebec, or at least to provide mutual support. No mayor of Montreal has done the same in fifteen years, which speaks for something.
Saying No To Illegal Massage Parlours
Everyone loves a happy ending, but not when the establishments propagate prostitution and human trafficking in Montreal. Coderre has taken a firm stance against massage parlours who conduct illegal business, yet have the mask of a legit business. This isn't an attack on all y'all who like to relax with a sensual massage, just a step forward in reducing the amount of juvenile prostitution in the city, often found in such massage parlours.
Helping the Homeless
After seeing that awful video of a police officer berating that poor homeless man stuck in the cold, the issue of homelessness was brought to the forefront of Montrealer's minds. Taking note, Coderre announced plans to tackle the issue and increase funds devoted to aiding homeless people in the city. The new budget will be presented next week, so we'll see how much Coderre follows through on this one.
Okay, so Coderre didn't really do this, but he is the origin point for a very funny Montreal-based social media movement. As soon as Coderre was elected, the youth of Montreal took to Twitter and began a #Coderring trend, making fun of a photo of Coderre putting in his ballot. We didn't know Coderre would actually be a good mayor when we covered this, which just made us that much more happy he didn't stay a Montreal joke.
Sticking it to the Charter of Values
Anyone who tells Marois and Charter supporters to step off is good in my books. Coderre did just that, speaking out against the PQ and their potential influence in the hiring of municipal staff based on religious beliefs. Here's the quote:
“I’m against this charter. The bottom line is, it’s not up to the Quebec government to decide how we’re going to hire civil servants in our city,”
Well said, sir.
A Toll-less Champlain Bridge
The new Champlain Bridge is going to be a six-lane highway, brand new, shiny, and set to cost between $3 billion and $5 billion. Ottawa has said they will pay most of the costs, but have a toll (with an undeclared amount) cover other costs. Coderre doesn't agree. Firmly against the introduction of a bridge toll, Coderre believes it will hold Montrealers hostage, and prompting people to stay in their houses outside of the city and not travel into Montreal, thus hurting the city's economy. Tolls are bad, we agree Coderre.
Embracing Other Cultures
No one likes a lame mayor, one who can't party or get involved with the many cultures of Montreal. Bumping elbows with the Vietnamese community of Montreal, Coderre attended a huge party celebrating Vietnamese New Years. Sure, the food may have been a big pull, but Coderre was still there, showing his multicultural pride.
Knowing When to Apologize
Taking to the Twitter-sphere once again (again proving he's social media-saavy), Coderre used the social media platform to give a much needed apology. After criticizing David Desharnais (below), Coderre gave the player mad props after he scored the winning goal against the Blue Jackets (above). The tweet was retweeted over 500 times, pointing out Coderre has a legit online presence and isn't afraid to give credit where credit is due.
He's Not Rob Ford
Simple and oh so true. Ford is funny to laugh at, but we should all be happy we got Coderre at the head of the city...and not a crack smoker.
How Do You Feel About Coderre?
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