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Denis Coderre video sparks criticism

11/01/2013 08:02 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 10:52 EST
A cellphone video of mayoral candidate Denis Coderre making an election pitch to members of Outremont’s Hasidic community is generating reaction from rival candidates.

The video shows Coderre trying to convince members of Montreal's Hasidic Jewish community at a meeting to vote for him.

“Aren’t you fed up with all the one-way streets they’re changing all the time?” he asks the audience.

“If you want my friendship, if you want my support, don’t divide the vote,” he continues in the video.

“I don’t need division. I’m fighting right now against the charter because they’re dividing the people, and it’s diversion.”

At one point Coderre turns his attention to the person filming his remarks and says, "You’re not recording, eh?”

Étienne Coutu, who’s running for mayor of Outremont with Projet Montreal, responded this morning.

“Mr. Coderre should notice that we’re not in the Duplessis era anymore, in the time that people who voted the right way could have their road paved,” he said.

Coderre’s team has not yet commented on the video, but is expected to respond later today.

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