Internal tensions shake Projet Montréal

Radio-Canada has a sharp piece Thursday on internal tensions in Projet Montréal. It’s a sprawling mess, but the key problem seems to be that city hall is in disagreement with many boroughs over issues, wanting to impose uniform policies in order to maintain electability.

Just a thought: could the underlying problem be that the borough system is fundamentally flawed?

Also Thursday, a report on efforts to return a nominal borough structure to Ville-Marie, which lost its mayor and fully elected council after Gérald Tremblay had a spat with Benoît Labonté in 2007. As things stand, the city mayor is also ex officio mayor of Ville-Marie, whose council is also partly directly appointed by the mayor. That’s a lot of folks who don’t get as much democratic participation as other residents of the city.