Projet Montréal - François W. Croteau joins Richard Bergeron's team

MONTREAL, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Richard Bergeron, the leader of Projet Montréal, is very happy to announce that François W. Croteau, mayor of the Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie borough, today decided to join the ranks of his team. "François W. Croteau is a mayor who has shown proof of his leadership and initiative in order to make his borough greener, friendlier, and more attractive for families. His manner of putting faith in his citizens to make local democracy work is a value that has been present since the very beginning of Projet Montréal. I am certain that François will find stimulating colleagues among us and a party always ready to encourage new ways of thinking about how to make life better in Montreal," declared Richard Bergeron.

"My crossing the floor is linked to questions of vision and of values. To move Montréal forward, we need to have a clear plan and we need political will, but these things are sorely lacking at Vision Montréal. That party's way of seeing Montréal no longer agrees with me. After a long period of reflection, I came to the conclusion that Projet Montréal better corresponds with my philosophy and my values. Just like Richard Bergeron, I am convinced that, in order to make Montréal a great city of the 21st century, we need to make a major shift concerning transportation and urban planning. This is the only way to reboot Montréal. My reflection also brought me to realize that since I assumed this office, the policies that I am particularly proud of have more in common with the philosophy and platform of Projet Montréal than with those of Vision Montréal. I am also convinced that Projet Montréal is a party which will support my initiatives in this borough," declared François W. Croteau.

"Projet Montréal is a party open to differences and which accepts that each borough sees things from its own local perspective. It is a party which also understands that centralized, wall-to-wall solutions to be imposed at any price no longer belong in today's Montréal. Measures implemented for the Plateau are good for the Plateau and what is implemented in Rosemont is good for Rosemont. This is a vision of municipal politics which I respect and that I subscribe to. These are the reasons why I today announce that I am joining Projet Montréal," concluded François W. Croteau. Political management in Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie will thus continue as it has been going for the past two years.

Together with François Limoges, the city councillor for the Saint-Édouard district, and with Marc-André Gadoury, city councillor for the Étienne-Desmarteau district, François Croteau's decision means that the majority of the borough council is now with the daring and dynamic team of Projet Montréal. "After two years of working together on a daily basis to manage our borough, it is clear that François shares the same values which guide our political agenda at Projet Montréal. We will continue to collaborate tightly with François to ensure that Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie moves forward in a constructive fashion," affirmed François Limoges. "That François has now joined Projet Montréal allows us to advance the interests of citizens in both our actions and our decisions. Like François, I have always focused on citizens in our borough. Our new team in Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie will work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens," concluded Marc-André Gadoury.


For further information:

Catherine Maurice
Attachée de presse of the 2nd opposition
514 872-3153 / 514 601-5542

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