Laurent Blanchard, President of Coalition Montreal, today announced that Councillor Marvin Rotrand has been elected by the party Executive as Leader replacing M. Benoit Dorais. M. Rotrand’s mandate commences immediately.
Rotrand is the dean of City Council having served continuously since 1982. He served as co-chair of Marcel Cote’s 2013 Mayoralty campaign and is currently the Vice President of the STM.
“I want to assure our partners at City Council that Coalition Montreal will continue to respect the agreements entered into by Marcel Cote. Thus, our Councillors Real Menard and Elsie Lefebvre, will continue to vote with the Executive Committee at Council and will continue to exercise their right to be able to influence policy. I will continue to support the administration’s policies on public transport.” says Rotrand.
However, the new leader indicates that he will be far more involved in assuring that the democratic instances of Coalition Montreal are more active, that lapsed memberships are renewed and that Montrealers who voted for the party have a chance to decide the party’s future.
“We have been too discrete as a party over the past two years. I want the membership to decide how best to obtain our key goals. These include assuring that the 31% of Montrealers who are visible minorities are not invisible when it comes to being present in the civil service and municipal life, consolidating development in the region in the centre of the island of Montreal and opposing measures that foster urban sprawl. We will work to promote public transit including accelerating the Blue line metro extension, enhance Montreal’s airport by assuring more direct international flights and, not least, build a less partisan, more collegial solutions based, City Council,” indicates the new Interim Leader.
Rotrand has proposed to the Executive that a Congress be convened in May to adopt a strategy for the November 2017 election.
“I look forward to the debate as to how Marcel Cote’s vision can advance. Should Coalition Montreal ally with another party? Our Executive leans towards assuring the existence of a third force in Montreal. Some influential members of the party, on the other hand, see negotiating a merger with an existing party as the best way to achieve our goals. My role will be to create a consensus and leverage our collective strength to advance our cause.”