Montreal, for its own residents first

Le Devoir has an op-ed riposte to a piece published earlier this month which, mostly, championed the car, and criticized Valérie Plante for leading an administration focused on the people who “sleep here”. The current writer points out, among other things, that most of the decline in retail being blamed on Projet began long before Projet was elected – suburban malls, the rise in commercial rents, online shopping, capped by the desertion of downtown due to Covid, none of these are the doing of Projet, and the creation of a few bike paths is being blamed for hardships that have nothing to do with it.

Also, who should Plante be running the city for? The people who live in it, first and foremost, surely.