Election of Olivia Chow in Toronto, Plante in Montreal: “women are coming”

ÉOlivia Chow’s election in Toronto, Plante in Montreal: “women are coming”

Toronto's new mayor, Olivia Chow,

A decade-long Conservative reign ended in Toronto with the election of Olivia Chow as the new mayor of Ontario’s capital. The former federal deputy of the New Democratic Party (NDP) officially takes office on Wednesday. Toronto and Montreal, Canada's two most populous metropolises, are now led by women with progressive leanings. What impact will this shift have on the political spectrum?

“We are heading towards metropolises that will be much more social and environmental than the provinces can be”, predicts from the outset the associate professor in the Department of Strategy, Social and Environmental Responsibility at ESG-UQAM Danielle Pilette.

Her candidacy having been supported by several Ontario unions, the new mayor of Toronto campaigned on improving the supply of affordable housing as well as that of public transit in the queen city. Directions that certainly echo those of his Montreal counterpart, Valérie Plante.

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<p>Valerie Plante </p>
<p>“They will show new priorities to other Canadian cities, believes Danielle Pilette. Together, Montreal and Toronto will be able to show a model where these cities fully assume jurisdiction over housing and the environment, in addition to posing new challenges to provincial governments. A model in which the metropolises are not only the trailer of the real estate market and only a service provider. </p>
<p>And the effects of this more progressive shift in these two metropolitan areas could really trickle down to other Canadian municipalities, continues Ms. Pilette. “In Calgary, we are transforming office buildings into apartment buildings. In Montreal and Toronto, it will certainly be done as well, but by emphasizing the share of social and affordable housing,” cites the professor as an example.</p>
<p>This pan-Canadian outreach of social and environmental issues in line with those put forward by the minority Liberal Party of Justin Trudeau could perhaps help the federal political party, according to her, having lost feathers in the last election of 2021.</p>
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