Vision Montréal creates first six working groups in order to propose a new vision for Montreal

    "The action we are initiating today is fundamental if we want to be able
    to offer a new vision of Montreal. And to carry it out, we have the
    opportunity and the privilege to be accompanied by renown collaborators
    in their respective fields" - Louise Harel

    MONTREAL, June 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Louise Harel, mayoral candidate for
Vision Montréal, and Benoit Labonté, Leader of the Official Opposition and
Mayor of the Ville-Marie Borough, announced today the creation of six new
working groups, which will propose a new vision of Montreal in strategic
sectors of its development. They also introduced the collaborators who will
contribute to these working groups.
    "Today, we launch an in-depth think tank process on major aspects of
municipal life. In this exercise, we have the chance to be supported by
collaborators whose competences are uncontested and who are all persons of
influence in their respective fields," declared Louise Harel.

    1. Ethics and Transparency: Julius Grey

    The working group on ethics and transparency will propose guidelines to
all elected officials and the municipal public service, so that we can finally
restore the trust of the citizens in the Montreal public administration.
    Renown Lawyer, Julius Grey is best known for his expertise in
Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Immigration Law. Julius Grey is
actively associated with our society's key issues.

    2. Economic and Commercial Development: Mario Polèse

    The working group on economic and commercial development will facilitate
the definition of priorities in terms of development projects. It is a
question here of creating auspicious dynamics for investments and the
launching of wide-scale projects, by simplifying the procedures which will
allow their implementation.
    Mario Polèse is a professor and a researcher at the INRS' Urbanization
Culture Society Centre. Ph.D, urban and regional planning, his work concerns
mainly territorial dynamics of economic activities, regional economic
development policies and large cities economy.

    3. Transportation: Florence Junca-Adenot

    Every large city in the world is confronted with major issues in terms of
urban transportation. The objective, to reduce motor vehicle traffic in our
city and that of supporting the development and the financing of collective
transportation, will be at the heart of this working groups' examination.
    Florence Junca-Adenot was President and CEO of the Agence Métropolitaine
de Transport (AMT) from 1996 to January 2004, in addition to having closely
taken part in its creation. Currently professor of Urban Studies, Mrs
Junca-Adenot has also chaired the Board of Directors of several paramunicipal

    4. Urbanism and regional planning: David B. Hanna

    The working group on urbanism and regional planning will propose policies
relevant to the following issues: the statutory review, in 2010, of the City
of Montreal's Master Plan, the integration of collective transportation
projects in the Master Plan, the potential nomination of Montreal as an UNESCO
patrimonial site, as well as the contribution of design, architecture and
heritage protection and development in regional planning.
    David B. Hanna is Director of graduate studies at the Department of Urban
and Touristic Studies of the UQAM School of Management. He collaborated in the
recent book Montréal aujourd'hui et demain - Politique, urbanisme, tourisme
(Montreal today and tomorrow - Politics, urbanism, tourism). He is
particularly interested in issues related to heritage protection and

    5. Montreal, International City: Jacques Girard

    The working group on Montreal, International City, will be mandated to
establish policy guidelines aimed at increasing Montreal's reputation around
the world. Our city must use the many assets it already possesses: tourism,
culture, economic vitality or knowledge. It is for these strong assets that
Montreal must be recognized on the international scene.
    From 1996 to 2003, Jacques Girard was the first President and CEO of
Montreal International. He chaired, among others, the CHUM, from 1996 to 2000,
the Board of Directors of the Quebec Board of Trade, in 1996 and 1997, and the
Québécor Group, from 1994 to 1996. He holds a Master of Laws from the London
School of Economics. Jacques Girard is an officer of France's Ordre national
du mérite (National Order of Merit).

    6. Governance: Pierre Delorme

    The governance working group will essentially pay attention to
alleviating governance structures and to the handling of powers between the
boroughs and city center. It will identify solution opportunities in order to
return effectiveness and cohesion within the city, so all citizens have access
to quality services, no matter where they live in Montreal. The working group
will also address the means of ensuring adequate financing of the boroughs'
proximity services.
    Pierre Delorme's interests lie particularly in urban policy and public
management of urban settings. He is also the author of publications relating
to the city, to public administration and to the imagination.

    "The conclusions to come from the contribution of our collaborators will
be presented to the members of the Vision Montréal team of candidates, next
August. The orientations will be discussed and developed in preparation for
the Vision Montréal Congress, which will be held at the beginning of
September," indicated Benoit Labonté.
    "The identified orientations will constitute the main elements of Vision
Montréal's electoral platform. They will inspire decisions regarding the next
municipal election campaign's electoral engagements," concluded Louise Harel.
    Over the next few weeks, the creation of four other working groups, quite
as important, as well as the name of the collaborators who will contribute to
them, will be announced. These working groups will touch on the following
topics: the environment and sustainable development, diversity, social
development and inclusion, as well as Montreal, a city of culture and

For further information:

For further information: Marie-Hélène d'Entremont, Communications
Coordinator, Vision Montréal, (514) 861-4455, Cell: (514) 792-2334

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