Denis Coderre was never shy about offering his opinions during his time as Montreal mayor.

He was no different Tuesday, when he met the media for the first time since losing to Valérie Plante.

Here, in Coderre's own words, are some of the highlights from his news conference at city hall. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity. Some of the remarks are translated from French.


On his time in power

What I want us to remember is that Montreal is an exceptional city, and we have contributed to it. You know, Montreal had a problem of self-esteem, a problem of dignity. There was a lot of cynicism. There was talk of corruption. I joked that I broke a record, four years in a row without investigation, prison or resignation. We brought stability.

On choices made

I don't have any regrets. It may sound pretentious, but I don't have any regrets. When you take decisions, you live with them. There is a purpose for that. You win some, you lose some, and the batting average is not bad. But what I'm most proud of is that people are back together. The white pine on the flag is a symbol of reconciliation.

On what he's feeling

I feel proud, I feel humble, I feel privileged. Sitting in that place, where Jean Drapeau was, it was a great moment for me, personally, and to be there as an actor of change, to make a true difference in people's lives.

On the Expos

The dream is still there. I think that Montreal is a city of multi-sports, and baseball is one of them. If we really want to bring back the Expos, the mayor will have to get involved. It's not just to say, 'We'll have a referendum,' and that's it. She said that she loves Nos amours. OK. Well, she needs to show it.

On the controversial Formula E

I believe in that race. I think the future will show it was a good thing to be done.

On what's next

I'm going to take a break. It's the first time I will be able to go on a vacation without my phone ringing. That's interesting.

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