02/06/2015 04:00 EST | Updated 04/07/2015 05:59 EDT

Montreal mayor Coderre keen on forging new alliance with Toronto

TORONTO - Montreal mayor Denis Coderre is seeking a new alliance with Toronto counterpart John Tory to jointly confront issues facing the country's two largest cities.

The two civic leaders met for nearly two hours Thursday on the sidelines of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities summit in Toronto.

Coderre said the election of Tory last fall in the wake of Rob Ford's four scandal-plagued years as mayor of Toronto had changed the dynamics .

Montreal also had its share of scandals prior to Coderre's election in November 2013, with two of his predecessors resigning amid corruption and fundraising scandals.

Coderre said the two cities need to work together more than ever on such issues as security, jobs, infrastructure and dealing with the federal government.

Referring to the Rob Ford years in Toronto, Coderre said he wants to turn the page on that period, adding "there was nothing" between the two men.

Coderre said Thursday's meeting was the first of many he expects to have with Tory this year.