Voters in the borough of Côte-des-NeigesNotre-Dame-de-Grâce are eager to vote in the upcoming municipal election, making Montreal’s largest borough a real battleground.

At advanced polling stations, Élection Montréal tripled its resources to alleviate the long line-ups.

Some people waited up to two hours to cast a ballot. And, they have some new faces to choose from.

Former mayor Michael Applebaum was planning on seeking re-election in the borough, but after his arrest in June, new candidates are vying for the job.

'There’s a great deal of cynicism in the public,'- Russell Copeman, borough mayor candidate

Équipe Denis Coderre is banking on name-recognition for its candidate Kevin Copps -- the brother of long-time Liberal MP and former cabinet minister Sheila Copps.

“[The people] want a new team to take charge from Nov. 4, get things back on track, put pride back in our borough,” Copps said.

Another familiar name is Coalition Montréal’s candidate Russell Copeman, who served as a Liberal MNA in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce from 1994 to 2008.

“There’s a great deal of cynicism in the public, I am fully aware of that. All I can say to people is that I spent 14 years in public life as a member of the national assembly for NDG, and my own personal integrity and probity have never been called into question,” Copeman said.

Projet Montréal already got one of its councillors, Peter McQueen, elected there in 2009. The man running for borough mayor, Michael Simkin says he’s focusing on isues that will improve people’s quality of life -- such as access to the new superhospital being built in the borough.

“We’ve been fighting for that second access at the Vendôme metro for years now...and the traffic circulation in the area has been an issue,” said Simkin.

“So this has been an ongoing problem and we have been on the resident’s side for the better part of a decade.”

Élection Montréal confirmed that as of Sunday night, 5.58 per cent of Montrealers have cast a ballot at the advanced polls across the island -- that’s 61,502 people.

That number is up from 2009’s advance vote turnout, which was 5.37 per cent.

Advance polls are open again on:

  • Tuesday, October 29, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.