People of all political stripes are celebrating the results of Montreal’s recent municipal election after incumbent Mayor Denis Coderre suffered a major upset, losing to relatively unknown candidate, Valérie Plante.
Coderre is the Liberal mayor who okayed dumping 8 billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River, while opposing the building the Energy East pipeline.
And though he rallied against the project that would transport Alberta oil, he had no problem with Quebec taking billions in transfer payments generated from the oil and gas industry in the West.
So, of course it makes sense that the right is happy about his loss.
And Valérie Plante is the first female to take the position of mayor in the 375 year history of the city. According to the left, glass ceilings have been shattered and this was a major victory.
But Plante is yet another progressive to take a seat as the leader of a Canadian city.
And not only is Plante a progressive, but she’s an environmental activist that celebrated the collapse of the Energy East pipeline along with Denis Coderre.
She has publicly protested hydraulic fracking and sits on the Board of left wing “think tank” The Broadbent Institute.
Plante is a municipal version of Rachel Notley, complete with calling for a minimum wage hike and having a union-tied husband who she met at a protest march!
She didn’t win simply because she’s a woman. She’s charming, accomplished, and ran a well organized campaign, but in the end she’s just another left wing activist who went from the protest line to being in charge of the second largest city in Canada.
While conservatives may be happy to see Coderre go, there is no reason to celebrate considering who’s taking his place.