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Denis Coderre meets Quebec minister over Montreal's future

Denis Coderre hasn’t been sworn in as mayor yet, but he says he’s already working to make good on some of his campaign’s election promises.

Montreal is turning the page on bad year, says Municipal Affairs Minister Sylvain Gaudreault

Quebec Municipal Affairs Minister Sylvain Gaudreault (left) met with Montreal mayor-elect Denis Coderre Saturday to discuss the city's future during the new mayor's term. (CBC)

Denis Coderre hasn’t been sworn in as mayor yet, but he says he’s already working to make good on some of his campaign’s election promises.

Coderre met with Municipal Affairs Minister Sylvain Gaudreault for the first time Saturday to discuss his plans for getting Montreal back on track, with a specific focus on ending corruption.

“We spoke about the inspector-general [role],” he said. “I promise we’ll do that in the first 100 days.”

The forthcoming inspector-general would be in charge of overseeing the city’s affairs to weed out corruption during Coderre’s upcoming four-year term.

Coderre and Gaudreault also discussed collaborating on large projects, such as the Turcot Interchange overhaul and the eastward extension of the Montreal Metro’s blue line.

Gaudreault said he’s glad Montreal is turning the page on the last 14 months, which saw two mayors resign amid corruption allegations.

Coderre will be sworn in as Montreal mayor on Nov. 14.

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