Opportunities for the Montreal Urban Left

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1774 ... February 28, 2019

Opportunities for the Montreal Urban Left

Matthew Brett

Opportunities exist for an organized urban left one year into the Projet Montréal administration’s mandate. That was the key message of a recent event organized by the Montreal Urban Left, an initiative launched in the wake of the 2017 Montreal election.

"We saw the need to provide some sort of organized left counterweight committed to holding the new municipal government’s feet to the fire with respect to its pre-electoral promises and more recent commitments in areas like social justice, the environment and municipal democracy," said Andrea Levy, a member of the Montreal Urban Left coordinating committee.

Roughly 70 people attended the Montreal Urban Left’s public forum on January 31 to assess Projet Montréal’s first year... in office and to identify opportunities for a municipal left. Project Montréal is a liberal democratic to social democratic municipal party formed in 2004, rising in prominence to win the majority of council seats for the first time in 2017 under the leadership of mayor Valérie Plante, Montreal’s first woman mayor.

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