With only a few days left before election day, the two front-runners in the race for Montreal mayor faced off last night in a televised debate.
Candidates Denis Coderre and Mélanie Joly went head-to-head on the TVA network.
Joly, the dark horse of the campaign, was on the defensive against Coderre, who has been leading in the polls.
Coderre shot at Joly for waiting too long to drop Bibiane Bovet from her team.
Bovet, who was running for a council seat in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, was cut from the team after it came to light that she was being investigated by the Quebec Financial Markets Authority.
“You have a credibility problem, you’re naive,” Coderre said during the debate.
Coderre dropped a candidate for St-Léonard council earlier this week over an alleged kickback scheme.
But Coderre pointed to himself as an example, noting how he was quick to take action and ask councillor Robert Zambito to resign.
“It’s zero tolerance. I didn’t wait four days … When I learned that there was a police investigation, I met with Mr. Zambito and I asked him to resign. This is how I work,” he said.
Joly didn’t shy away from the attack -— she was quick to point out flaws in Coderre’s strategy.
She said Coderre’s us-versus-them ideology will be useless in city hall.
“I’m not going to govern by ideology … I’m ready to work with the people who will be elected,” she said.
“Mr. Coderre’s line, how he says that ‘Anyone on the team of Mr. Bergeron, of Mr. Cote, or of [Ms. Joly] could be wooed… Listen, you’re going to need them in about 45 days,’” she said.
Voters across Quebec go to the polls on Sunday.