Montreal Elects First Woman Mayor Valérie Plante

Valérie Plante (born June 14, 1974 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) is a Canadian politician, currently the mayor-elect of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

First elected to Montreal City Council in the 2013 municipal election, she has served as leader of the opposition Projet Montréal since December 2016. She was Projet Montréal’s candidate for mayor in the 2017 election, and was elected mayor of Montreal on November 5, 2017. She is the first woman to be elected mayor of Montreal.

Political life
City councillor
In the Montreal municipal election, 2013, Valérie Plante was elected councillor for the Sainte-Marie district of the Ville-Marie borough, defeating former provincial minister and 2009 Montreal mayoral candidate Louise Harel.

She was named opposition critic for downtown, tourism, and for women’s affairs. She was also named vice-president of city council, as well as substitute mayor for Ville-Marie.

Valérie Plante waves to supporters alongside her husband Pierre-Antoine Harvey, right, and their two sons after being elected mayor of Montreal Sunday night.

Leader of Projet Montréal
In the fall of 2016, Valérie Plante announced her run for the leadership of Projet Montréal. She went on to win the leadership election with 51.9%, defeating Guillaume Lavoie. As such, she served as Projet Montréal’s candidate for mayor against incumbent Denis Coderre

in the Montreal municipal election, 2017.

Mayor Valérie Plante

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