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Joseph Young – Independent

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

Joseph Young

Joseph Young is not an independent, strictly speaking.  He is campaigning as a member of the Communist League.  According to his profile in L’actualité (in French), he is:

  •  66 years old
  • Single
  • No spouse, children, or pets
  • Renter in Parc Ex
  • Drives a ’93 Toyota Corolla
  • Speaks French, English, and Spanish
  • Favourite Montreal Spot: A picket line

Without a website to present his platform, his thoughts on diversity and equity must be pieced together from his interviews.  You can read more about him in his Actualité profile, and in these two articles:

Patricia Tulasne – Independent

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

Patricia Tulasne

She doesn’t want to play the mayor, she wants to be the mayor.  Actress Patricia Tulasne is running for the big job in city hall. Her campaign is run from her Facebook page so it is difficult to find her platform.  However, this is what her “About” page says:

“Patricia Tulasne is an engaged citizen who has fought against animal cruelty for over 30 years.  She support a Charter of Secularism.”

If anyone has more information on her diversity/equity platform, please send a link or post the information in the comments section.


Kofi Sonokpon – Independent

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

Kofi Sonokpon

Sonokpon’s platform is: Montreal – An Autonomous and Bilingual City within Quebec and Canada.

Although his platform is summarized in 4 points, two of them relate to diversity!

  1. Enrich Montreal of her youth and her immigrants and strengthen her leadership in aviation and technology
  2. Fight poverty and household indebtedness


Clément Sauriol – Independent

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

Clement Sauriol


Clément Sauriol is a Montrealer, born and raised.  According to his blog, he has never suffered from depression or anxiety, and he is never sick, except for the occasional cold or minor injury.  He doesn’t drink or do drugs, and he also likes women, but not all of them (his words, not mine).

As a concerned citizen, he has thrown his hat into the ring and developed a 35-point program.  How many of those points relate to diversity and equity?  You can count them here!

Note: Mr. Sauriol’s website is entirely in French.  The text below is a translation.

6. Invest heavily in social community policies.

7. Win the war on poverty.

11. Improve the tax system.  Support new arrivals who wish to live in Montreal.

Paunel Paterne Matondot – Independent

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

Paunel P Matondot


This candidate officially withdrew from the race on October 31st, according to his Facebook page.

Marcel Côté – Coalition Montréal

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

Marcel Cote


The Coalition Montreal platform is broken down into “20 commitments and 100 actions to change Montreal“.  How many of those commitments and actions relate to equity and diversity?  Let’s find out!

Before going into the details of their commitments, the Coalition’s platform includes this statement in the introduction:

Montreal’s political leadership must reflect the city’s diversity. This explains the Coalition’s  willingness to present strong candidates in all boroughs and our commitment to better reflect this diversity in the city’s workforce.”

Their vision includes:

  • A city that all citizens can be proud of, where families and people of all ages and backgrounds want to live, in friendly and diverse boroughs and neighbourhoods that are developed on a human scale.
  • A diverse city defined by the primacy of French as the common language, by its significant English-speaking community and by the mosaic of its cultural communities.

The commitments outline their specific plans on the diversity and equity fronts:

Commitment 2: Restructure the city’s Executive Committee and Finance Department:

2.2: Change the structure of the Executive Committee
  • The Executive Committee shall be representative of the diversity of the city.  If necessary to fulfill this aim, the Committee may include elected members from a different party than the Coalition.

Living Better in Montreal

“Visitors who discover Montreal highlight what characterizes this quality of life: Montrealers’ friendliness, affordable housing, a safe living environment, effective public transportation, neighbourhood diversity, cultural plurality, artistic and cultural vitality, access to green spaces, etc. These characteristics are an integral part of Montreal’s DNA.”

“We will make every effort to create safer, greener and environmentally-friendly living spaces, focused on sustainable mobility, and offering public services and facilities that meet people’s needs. Our aim is to create living environments for everyone, including those most vulnerable.”

Commitment 7: Make families the focus of our priorities

7.4 Pursue the development of social housing and housing cooperatives
  • With the financial support of the government of Quebec, build 15,000 social and community housing units over five years, including a proportion of universally accessible homes commensurate with needs.
  •  Develop a city land bank that will be made available to technical resource groups to increase the number of housing cooperatives, with a particular emphasis on cooperative housing for families.
  •  Lobby the federal government to continue social housing subsidies and investment.
  • Preserve artist and artisan workshops and residences in neighbourhoods where they are already established through appropriate regulatory measures, and seek financial leverage from Quebec to develop and maintain them.
  •  Persuade the government of Quebec to expand the Strategy for the Inclusion of Affordable Housing throughout the Montreal territory, and to reduce the application threshold of 200 units to 100 units by sponsor.

Commitment 11: Place sustainable development at the core of our urban planning practices

 11.5 Make universal access one of the principles in planning major projects.

Commitment 12: Provide proximity services and quality collective equipment

12.5 Stimulate neighbourhood life and neighbourly relations
  • Encourage the organisation of cultural events in the boroughs and collaboration among the various partners
  •  Support neighbourhood development initiatives

Commitment 13: Ensure we treat our most vulnerable citizens with respect

13.1 Fight homelessness
  • Work to significantly reduce homelessness by pursuing best practices in community integration and reinsertion;
  •  Actively monitor the situation, the number of homeless people and where they come from, their needs, and intervention strategies that hold promise;
  •  Together with community workers and shelters, develop adapted health-care and social reinsertion strategies;
  •  Establish appropriate service infrastructures such as outpatient clinics, health-care centres, affordable housing, and rooming houses;
  •  Implore the government of Quebec to recognize that homelessness, although largely concentrated in downtown Montreal, is a national problem that requires adequate financing.
13.2 Support community organizations involved in the fight against poverty
  • Create social housing with community support;
  •  Offer the most vulnerable citizens better access to neighbourhood services, such as recreation, culture, support and meeting places;
  •  Continue to support urban revitalization initiatives in Montreal neighbourhoods in order to break isolation and improve quality of life, among other things;
  •  Support organizations engaged in food security to develop community kitchens, low-income restaurants and food distribution centres, while emphasizing personal independence.
13.4 Improve accessibility to buildings and public spaces
  • Heighten efforts to make public buildings fully accessible;
  •  In each borough, appoint an elected official in charge of accessibility.
13.6 Aim for equality between men and women within the municipal administration
  • Appoint a gender-balanced Executive Committee;
  •  Take stock of gender equality measures adopted by the city using gender-differentiated analyses;
  •  Conduct a study of working conditions for Montreal civil servants in non-traditional trades;
  •  Encourage women to work in non-traditional trades with the city either through training or incentive programs;
  •  Seek gender parity in boards of directors of para-municipal bodies.

Building the Montreal of the Future

“The primary melting pot and economic engine of Quebec, Montreal is the leading destination of venture capital in Canada. It welcomes 87% of Quebec’s immigrants, produces some 36% of Quebec exports and is the main hothouse of our cultural enterprises. In short, Montreal is the only cosmopolitan and world-class city in Quebec.”

Commitment 16: Support the development of entrepreneurship and business in Montreal

16.6 Active support the social economy
  • Montreal is a leading figure in social economy. The city must be a committed partner to make Montreal a laboratory for the development of the social economy sector;
  •  Promote social businesses and integrate their wealth in the promotion of Montreal on international markets;
  •  The City must ensure that social economy businesses are not subjected to discrimination, either in calls for tender or in business support programs.
16.7 Bank on Montreal’s cultural diversity to increase economic development
  • Develop a service for business-oriented immigrants in order to support them in starting their businesses, and ensure better coordination between organizations that foster relationships between immigrant investors and young companies;
  •  In collaboration with the government of Quebec, invest in measures to facilitate immigrant integration into the labour market in order to attract and retain highly skilled foreign workers and encourage foreign graduates of our universities to settle in Montreal;
  •  Ask the National Assembly to review the Act respecting equal access to employment in public bodies, in order to expand its application to suppliers and companies doing business with the City of Montreal;
  •  Review the City’s hiring procedures to fight discrimination and ensure that the public service reflects Montreal’s diversity;
  •  Work in collaboration with the government of Quebec to improve francization and immigrant integration programs in the metropolis.

Commitment 17: Accelerate the globalization of Montreal’s economy

17.1 Position Montreal’s international image as a North American francophone city of creation, knowledge, universities and multiculturalism
  •  In collaboration with the CMM and the government of Quebec, carve out Montreal’s image by promoting the achievements of our creators and researchers and our international recognitions as symbols of quality (e.g.: UNESCO City of Design).

 Commitment 18: Realize Montreal’s full potential as a cultural metropolis

18.2 Improve citizen access to arts and culture 
  • Promoting mediation activities, artist residencies in libraries, cultural centres and other institutional sites (schools, hospitals, seniors’ homes, etc.). In particular, this exercise should target youth and citizens from the diverse communities, who are too often excluded;
  •  Encourage the development of neighbourhood and cultural centres, in collaboration with various partners, including businesses and tourist sites;
  •  In cultural development policy, include access to the arts and creation for young people, and support for young cultural professionals;
  •  Encourage the development of cultural policies in the boroughs (like the boroughs of Outremont and the Southwest), and encourage neighbourhood tourism;
  •  Encourage cultural centres to better integrate into their environment and to stimulate active citizen participation;
  •  Transform our libraries and cultural centres into digital “hubs” where Montrealers can familiarize themselves with virtual forums and participate in them;
  •  Ensure greater presence of works of art in urban planning by adopting a regulation to integrate public art that applies to all major projects, whether public or private.

Commitment 19: Recognize the full potential of Montreal’s cultural diversity while reaffirming its French status

19.3. Develop clear objectives for the City of Montreal’s public service to reflect the diversity of the population, including those from cultural communities and the English-speaking community


Louai Hamida – Independent

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

Louai Hamida Poster

Louai Hamida is an industrial engineer working in the aeronautics industry.  According to his bio, he has experience working in large organizations and has volunteered with a number of charitable organizations.  His campaign centres around three key concepts: respect, participation, and transparency.

His platform on diversity and equity includes the following:


  • Develop proper services in low income areas to improve quality of life and their economical situation, and invest in social economy
  • Develop social housing and create food banks for low-income families
  • Support cultural and community activities, and work with these communities in the creation, development, and communication of their activities


  • Study the environmental feasibility of creating four-season community gardens, which could serve as a place for families to spend time outside during winter


  • Create affordable venues for artists to create and disseminate art.
  • Invest in public transportation and make it more affordable for the normal public


  • Create a cultural and artistic center of research and development and involve the rich mix of Montreal in this centre


Michel Brûlé – Intégrité Montréal

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

Michel Brule

Intégrité Montréal prides itself on being 100% francophone.  Consequently, their program is only available in French on their website.  However, here is an overview of their diversity initiatives:

  •  IM s’engage à promouvoir un Montréal français, cosmopolite, ouvert sur le monde et accueillant.
    • IM is committed to promoting a French, cosmopolitan, open, and welcoming Montreal.


  • IM s’engage à prendre soin des itinérants en mettant à leur disposition plus de travailleurs de rue, qui les soutiendront dans leur processus d’autonomisation et l’atteinte des objectifs qu’ils se sont eux-mêmes fixés et de mettre fin au profilage dont ils sont victimes.
    • IM is committed to taking care of the homeless by making more community workers available to support them through their own empowerment process and in reaching their own, self-determined goals, and by ending the profiling that they are subjected to.

Economic platform

“Pour assurer le développement économique de la métropole, il faut miser sur les atouts de la ville. Il y a dix ans encore, l’argent parlait anglais. Aujourd’hui, l’argent parle le chinois, le russe, le portugais, l’espagnol, le français, l’allemand, le japonais et bien sûr l’anglais. L’heure est à la diversité et Montréal a tout à gagner en affirmant son identité française. La prospérité économique de la ville passe par l’implantation d’entreprises étrangères et un Montréal français, cosmopolite et intègre a tous les éléments pour attirer les économies émergentes. Le bilinguisme isole Montréal dans l’empire anglo-américain, qui est en perte vitesse. Je prône l’ouverture sur le monde pour le bien-être économique de la métropole.”

“To ensure the city’s economic development, we must leverage all of its assets.  Ten years ago, English was the language of business.  Today, business happens in Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and of course, English.  Today’s world is all about diversity, and Montreal can only gain from promoting its French identity. The city’s economic prosperity will be built on foreign business, and a cosmopolitan, unified, French Montreal has everything required to attract emerging economic powers.  Bilingualism isolates Montreal within the anglo-American empire which is losing steam.  I recommend opening ourselves to the world for the welfare of the city’s economy.”


Claude Blais – Independent

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

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No information available.  If you have any information on Claude Blais’s platform, please contact us, or post a link in the comments.

Richard Bergeron – Projet Montréal

In preparation for Montreal’s November 3rd municipal election, we will be presenting the diversity and equity platforms for all confirmed mayoral candidates and their respective parties.

Richard Bergeron

The Projet Montréal 2013 Program contains several “commitments” to diversity.

COMMITMENT 1.6: Seek gender equality

  • Projet Montréal will implement the policy ‘Pour une participation égalitaire des femmes et des hommes à la vie de Montréal (2008)’, [For the equal participation of women and men in Montreal’s life (2008)], at all levels of the city’s operation & administration. The City of Montreal adopted this policy without any means of implementing it. Projet Montréal will assign the appropriate resources in order to develop and enhance this policy, thus improving the gender parity of representatives elected to borough councils as well as all persons elected or appointed to the city’s councils

COMMITMENT 1.7: Expand voter eligibility

  • As is the case within several cities around the world, Projet Montréal will explore the possibility of expanding the status of voter eligibility in municipal elections in Montreal to any permanent resident or person with refugee status who can prove that he or she has lived in Montreal for at least 12 months.

COMMITMENT 2.7: Make Montreal an exemplary employer.  This commitment includes:

  • Achieve parity between men and women in the city’s civil service;
  • Achieve ethnocultural representation that is on par with each community’s relative size.

COMMITMENT 3.4: Ensure social diversity in neighbourhoods.  This commitment includes:

  •  Create living environments characterized by accessibility for individuals, the elderly and young families, by the diversity of housing options (social housing, affordable housing rental market, individual properties, co-ops) and through social and generational diversity, promoting a variety of housing allocated according to the distribution of income of Montreal households.

COMMITMENT 3.10: Promote the social reintegration of homeless people

  • Increase financial aid to organizations helping the homeless, and strengthen existing organizations through stable funding;
  • Create a mechanism for collaboration between these organizations and the police;
  • Protect and restore rooming and boarding houses as accessible housing for homeless people;
  • Promote employability of people with precarious incomes through employment projects linked to municipal services, such as cleanliness, snow removal, horticulture, graffiti removal, and distribution of notices to residents.

COMMITMENT 5.12: Humanize public and community security.  This commitment includes:

  • Emphasize prevention to combat the problem of street gangs, by promoting and supporting the creation of urban mediation groups, in order to reduce tensions between different generations, ethnicities and religions, and to reduce racial profiling.

COMMITMENT 5.14: Make Montreal a city free of sexual exploitation.  This commitment includes:

  • Compel the SPVM to produce an annual report on the state of prostitution and human trafficking in Montreal;
  • Promote the creation of shelters for prostitutes wishing to leave the industry.

COMMITMENT 6.6: Encourage cultural associations

  • Encourage open intercultural activities as a means to build the city and make it more livable.

COMMITMENT 6.8: Strengthen municipal libraries (including hiring multilingual specialists)

  • Create three libraries of intermediate size, strategically located around Montreal (using the proximity principle), with high quality collections and improved human resources (multilingual specialists, extended hours), which will also relieve the pressure on the Grande Bibliothèque;
  • Use public libraries as a social tool to welcome and to include those who are new to the city.

COMMITMENT 6.9: Nurture links between types of cultural entities

  • Enable and maintain partnerships among a range of municipal services, between cultural venues in the various boroughs, the city’s museums, school commissions, cultural associations and artistic communities.


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