MONTREAL, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Benoit Labonté, leader of Vision Montréal
and leader of the Official Opposition for the Ville de Montréal, and Louise
Harel confirmed this afternoon that they will be teaming up for Montreal. Mr.
Labonté announced he was withdrawing his candidacy for mayor of Montreal and
is pleased to support Ms. Harel in her bid for the mayoralty.
"After meeting with and hearing from many citizens, I realized that the
Harel/Labonté team was a winning option for Montrealers. We hope to welcome to
our team all those who want to build and to change Montreal. My passion for
Montreal and our similar visions of our future, particularly in terms of
governance, as well as our negative perception of the Tremblay administration,
prompted me to pull out of the mayoralty race," explained Mr. Labonté.
"Montreal can do better-much better. With true political and
administrative leadership and attention to priorities, Montreal could again
become the flagship city it once was. The driving forces in our city
absolutely must come together, get organized and get involved in order to
positively influence Montreal's destiny and re-establish our collective
pride," he added.
"Today, I am heeding the call of hundreds of Montrealers from all over
the city, who want to put an end to the widespread resignation and restore
confidence and pride in being a Montrealer. I am also responding to the
invitation from Mr. Labonté, who asked me to team up with him to launch a
much-needed and far-reaching citizens' movement to effect change in Montreal,"
said Ms. Harel."
"There is no question of rekindling the debate over Une île une ville. We
will join forces to give residents the quality of services they deserve and
implement simplified, effective and transparent management," she concluded.
If Montrealers place their trust in us, I will ask Benoit Labonté to
chair the city's executive committee and to implement the conditions that will
allow us to reach these objectives. He has the managerial qualities that will
enable us to succeed.
Mr. Labonté will continue as leader of the Official Opposition and leader
of the Party. Party officials will have the task of quickly launching the
process of appointing Ms. Harel as leader of Vision Montréal and mayoralty
candidate for the November 1 election. This topic will be addressed at the
executive meeting on June 9.
For further information:
For further information: or to obtain a copy of the key remarks:
Marie-Hélène d'Entremont, Communications, Vision Montréal, (514) 861-4455,
Cell: (514) 792-2334