Montreal

NDG councillor to form new party

Montreal city councillor Jeremy Searle is starting a new municipal politicial party after deciding that the city's current ones don't work.

Montreal city councillor Jeremy Searle is starting a new municipal politicial party after deciding that the city's current ones don't work.

Searle, who is the city councillor for NDG, said his new party will be called the Borough Party.

He said that Montreal's existing parties—including the ruling Montreal Island Citizens Union and opposition Vision Montreal—have let the boroughs down, centralizing too much money and power at city hall.

In December, Searle quit Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay's ruling Montreal Island Citizens Union party, saying that his gripe was over roads.

Searle said the city was not doing enough to deal with the crumbling roads and sidewalks.

The Borough Party program will "provide the best possible municipal services, which is what I think the average resident, taxpayer, wants," said Searle.

The plan is to run Borough Party candidates across the old city of Montreal, even in former suburbs that don't demerge in the upcoming referendum on municipal demergers.

Although Searle said he's gathering support in the community and across Montreal, fellow NDG city councillor Michael Applebaum isn't counted among his fans.

"He's not credible," said Applebaum. "Even the community organizations realize it's time for Mr. Searle to pack up his bags and leave municipal politics."

Applebaum, who is a member of the Montreal Island Citizens Union, said that the party has given the boroughs all the decentralization they need.

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