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Denis Coderre announces Montreal’s new executive committee

11/18/2013 05:37 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST
Montreal mayor Denis Coderre announced the 14 members of his new executive committee Monday afternoon, with some spots going to his opponents.

Coderre reached out to Coalition Montréal, which was the party of his rival mayoral candidate Marcel Côté.

Coderre named three Coalition Montréal members to the city’s top committee:

- Russell Copeman, borough mayor of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

- Réal Ménard, borough mayor of Hochelaga—Maisonneuve

- Elsie Lefebvre, city councillor in Villeray—Saint-Michel—Parc-Extension

Coderre could not name Coalition Montréal’s party leader Marcel Côté to the executive committee, since Côté was not elected as a councillor.

Instead, Coderre named him as his special advisor, at an annual salary of $1.

Shut out

Coderre didn’t reach out to all of his opponents.

No members from Richard Bergeron’s Projet Montréal party were named to the executive committee.

Bergeron accused Coderre of playing along party lines.

"Mr. Coderre chose to be partisan by not inviting anybody of Projet Montréal to be a member of the executive committee," he said, adding that some women from Projet Montréal would have made great additions to Coderre’s executive committee.

But Coderre said it all came down to making choices.

"I had a list, I had a number. They all accepted. I didn't have any room. So there you go," Coderre said.

Four of the committee's 14 members are women.

Former longtime executive committee members were also shut out from the committee this time around, such as Alan DeSousa — who was the former Chairman of the executive committee — and Michel Bissonnet.

Coderre said that was deliberate because he wanted “renewal” by appointing people who had never been on the committee before.

Coderre also appointed the speaker for Montreal city council: Villeray—Saint-Michel—Parc-Extension city councillor​ Frantz Benjamin.

Benjamin is of Haitian descent and would be Montreal's first black speaker.

The appointment of the new executive committee was approved at Monday night's city council meeting.

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