During its first mandate, Projet Montréal drew on the collective intelligence of its citizens to ensure that the projects it put forward were in line with their aspirations. The next four years of the Plante-Ollivier administration will continue in this vein and will put the citizens' interests at the heart of the decision-making process. The leader of Projet Montréal, Valérie Plante, the future president of the Executive Committee, Dominique Ollivier, and the aspiring mayor of Côte-des-Neige-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Gracia Kasoki Katahwa, unveiled the actions that will be implemented during the next mandate of Projet Montréal to make the necessary changes to improve the city, with the participation of the population. Bringing together the aspiring mayors who represent the new face of Projet Montréal, the press conference was an opportunity to demonstrate that change will not be done just any old way.
- The entire Projet Montréal team is committed to creating a "City that includes all of us", by adapting the culture of city and borough services, as well as holding more information sessions, pilot projects, consultations, and co-creation workshops before starting projects;
- Projet Montréal will innovatively involve the population in major projects that transform the living environment, by consulting them in advance, periodically evaluating the results, correcting them if necessary, measuring the impacts and following up;
- Projet Montréal will adopt the first participation and citizen engagement policy, which will include an annual report on public consultations and the posting of answers provided by the administration to questions raised by the population during consultations;
- The amount of the participatory budget, instituted in 2020, will be increased each year until it reaches $60 million annually by 2025.
"Projet Montréal has always placed the population at the heart of its decisions. Our team has consulted like never before over the past four years, and we will do even better over the next four. By writing the future of our city together, we ensure that we make the best decisions. That's why we will do what no other administration has done before and invest $60 million per year, by 2025, to allow Montrealers to choose projects that are important to them through the city' s participatory budget," said Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal and leader of Projet Montréal.
"For four years, Projet Montréal has changed the way politics is done in Montréal, and has put an end to important decisions being made behind closed doors. Citizens are now at the heart of the democratic process and change. The next mandate will be crucial to making Montréal a greener, more innovative and inclusive city. The new approach will allow us to increase the involvement of the population in the new projects, so that we can achieve this together," added Dominique Ollivier, candidate for the position of City Councillor of Vieux-Rosemont and aspiring President of the Executive Committee of the city of Montréal.
"The Montrealers we met during our door-to-door canvassing told us repeatedly that transparency is a real desire and a real need on their part. We will listen to Montrealers and help them build a city that will truly reflect their image. This desire to give more power to the population has always been in the core values of Projet Montréal. We are giving ourselves concrete tools to listen even more," said Gracia Kasoki Katahwa, mayoral candidate for the borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.