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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.

Mélanie Joly – Le Vrai changement pour 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.

Melanie Joly

Mélanie Joly and her team promise to be The Real Change for Montreal (Le Vrai changement pour Montréal).

This party’s platform is divided into 10 actions.  What “real changes” will they bring to diversity and equity in Montreal?  Take a look.

 Boosting local community movements and citizen initiatives

“Every day, in addition to elected officials, hundreds of public and private organizations and thousands of people are in action all around the city helping to improve  the quality of life of Montrealers and ensure their ability to live in harmony with people from diverse backgrounds and origins.”


3)    Create a social development plan to formally recognize the importance of the contribution of civil society and community and social groups in the economic development of the city. The plan will also raise awareness of their contribution to society and allow a global vision of social development in Montreal to emerge.

Fight social exclusion and fight for vulnerable populations

“Poverty, food insecurity and the exclusion from the labor market of too many people and families have a direct impact on the vitality and dynamism of Montreal. The City must put into place a global approach with the boroughs to improve its record in this area. As such, it must prioritize concrete actions for the social integration of the most vulnerable people and families, giving them the tools and providing the necessary support so that they can turn their lives around.”

 Objective: Establish partnerships with various social workers and community groups in the city to find shelter for the most vulnerable people and the families.

2) Create partnerships with various grassroots organizations and community groups and finance projects to help disadvantaged people, drawing on the best projects implemented across the country

3) Create partnerships with non-profit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, to build affordable housing and promote the acquisition of housing.

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


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