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Anti-car, pro-pedestrian "Mayoress" of Montreal wins decisive reelection

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Valérie Plante is returning as mayor of Montreal. Plante, the incumbent and the leader of Projet Montréal, beat out her rival Denis Coderre.



Valérie Plante waved, laughed, flexed her arms, and jumped up and down as she took to the stage Sunday night to deliver her victory speech.

Plante spoke in front of a boisterous crowd at Olympia Theatre, after being re-elected as mayor of Montreal Sunday night.



In her speech, Plante promised to make Montreal a greener city, "where there is innovation, affordable homes, safe streets, where green spaces are many and transit is diversified; where the downtown is dynamic and where community life is vibrant."



But Plante, a more progressive option, also said she would pour additional money into public transit and expand the city's network of bike lanes, as well as put tighter controls on landlords with the cost of housing on the rise. 


She leads the city's party "Projet Montréal," which advocates for increased urban quality of life through public transit, greenspaces, walkable neighbourhoods, and other things (alongside making the city carbon neutral).


Crazy (and awesome) to see someone with these priorities elected in a major North American city (Montreal has a metro population of 4.1 million), especially so resoundingly (52% of the vote), but Montreal has a fairly unique culture/history.


Good reaction from a journalist:



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