Montreal

Former rivals Mélanie Joly, Denis Coderre 'happy' together now

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly met today with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and spoke of a "new era of collaboration" between their respective governments — and themselves.

Federal heritage minister challenged Coderre in Montreal's 2013 mayoral election

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre struck a friendly tone Monday and praised each others work. (CBC)

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly met today with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and spoke of a "new era of collaboration" between their respective governments — and themselves.

Both were candidates in Montreal's 2013 mayoral election.

Coderre won and Joly, then a political novice, came in second in a race that witnessed numerous barbed exchanges between the two candidates.

On Monday, the two shared the podium at a news conference and worked to dispel any ideas of lingering animosity.

"There never was any. People [ran] for mayor, democracy spoke, and I'm happy that Ms. Joly, who is very passionate about Montreal, now finds herself in Ottawa," Coderre said.

Joly said she's "very happy" to work with Coderre, saying he's done "great work" for Montreal.

"He's taken numerous steps to cleanup [Montreal] from the point of view of integrity and his measures are well-supported by the public," she said.

Celebrations, infrastructure on the agenda

Joly and Coderre said they discussed federal-municipal partnerships around Montreal's 2017 celebrations to mark 150 years of Confederation and the 375th anniversary of Montreal's founding. 

However, no concrete measures were announced.

Funding for infrastructure related to those events and the City of Montreal in general was also on the agenda.

Coderre, himself a former Liberal MP, said he also spoke to Joly in her capacity as MP for the Montreal riding of Ahuntsic about local needs.

"I think it's important and interesting to get a sense of what the government of Prime Minister Trudeau has in mind and where it sees the second largest city in Canada," he said. 

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