Quebec municipal election candidates wrap up campaigns

Quebecers are casting votes in municipal elections. The focus in the campaign has been on Montreal's suburbs, where corruption scandals have cost half a dozen mayors their careers in the last few years.

Corruption cloud hangs over Montreal candidates in municipal election

Municipal elections candidates wrapped up their campaigns today ahead of Sunday's vote. From left, Montreal mayoralty candidates Richard Bergeron, Denis Coderre, Mélanie Joly and Marcel Côté greet each other prior to the first debate in Montreal, Friday, August 16, 2013. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

On the last day before voters head to the polls, most candidates wrapped up the 40-day campaign period with public appearances to encourage people to cast their ballots on Sunday.

Montreal mayoralty candidates Mélanie Joly and Richard Bergeron both took the time to meet with voters at Atwater Market, while Marcel Côté spoke at a church bazaar in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. 

Perceived front-runner in the Montreal race, Denis Coderre, also met with voters around the city, but would not speak with media.

Coderre has not given interviews since a member of his team, St-Léonard councillor Robert Zambito, resigned over an investigation by Montreal's anti-corruption squad.

In the wake of mounting corruption allegations, which led to the resignation of Montreal's two previous mayors, some voters said Saturday it is difficult to find a candidate they can trust.

"I'm depressed because I don't have one particular candidate that I can go all-in for," said Christina Swift. 

Two candidates leading in Quebec City

In Quebec City, there are two main candidates vying for the mayor's job, incumbent Régis Labeaume and David Lemelin.

The two candidates have spent much of the tail-end of their campaigns arguing over whether or not taxpayers should have to bail out the blue collar workers' pension plan.

Quebec City mayoralty frontrunners, David Lemelin (left) and Régis Labeaume, ended their campaign squaring off over the blue collar worker pension deficit. (Radio-Canada)

Labeaume said a vote for his opponent will be tacit agreement to foot the bill for the deficit.

The workers' union is suing Labeaume for defamation, and Lémelin said he wants to continue negotiations.

"If you don't go vote on Sunday, you accept paying the whole bill for City of Quebec worker pension fund deficits," said Labeaume.

Polls open at 10 a.m.

Polls open across the province Sunday at 10 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

In the wake of a higher that expected turnout for advance polls last Sunday, the Chief Electoral Officer said the counting of advance poll ballots will start at 6 p.m. 

In the 2009 municipal election, 45 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot — and turnout rarely rises above the 50 per cent mark. 

You can follow CBC Montreal's municipal election voting day coverage on TV, radio and online

In the Montreal region, CBC Radio One will cover the municipal election results as they come in, beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday. 

Those outside of the Montreal listening area can live stream the coverage online, and follow the live chat on the CBC Montreal website. 

On television, CBC News Montreal at 11 p.m. will also have a special round-up of the latest results. 


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