From: Dimitri Roussopoulos, Donald Cuccioletta, Roger Rashi.
Some of us remember all to well 1974, when the first 18 MCMers were elected to Montreal's City Council and what followed in 1976 and 1978. And some of us remember all too well the MCM victory in 1986 and what followed, including the splits and quarrels, the years 1989-1990 with the creation of the "Democratic Coalition; and Ecology Montreal.
November 5, 2017 was an important date and an important election result. But those of us who share a historical perspective and experience have insights and lessons to share. We know all too well that the Montreal Board of Trade/Chamber of Commerce and the Montreal Economic Institute plus the real estate indistry were very supportive of Coderre, and will now make every effort to put a collar on Project Montreal. And we also know that scores of idealistic individuals having been relieved that Valerie and her people won, will say to themselves...we worked successfully for their election, now let them do their job while we can go back to doing what we were doing before the intense elections campaign.
Those of us who carry the historical memory know one thing very clearly, and that is that we cannot be naive enough to sit on our hands. We must come together and discuss our observations and reflections face to face. And from this exchange, most likely agreed with the proposition that we cannot give a blank cheque to Project Montreal. On the contrary, having seem some good people being elected in the past and seen how power can distort their previously held values turning good people once elected into their opposite.
We therefore propose to get together, to discuss what should be done next. We wish to discussion, for example, the proposition of constructing a democratic common front of civil society actors who refuse to give Project Montreal a blank cheque and refuse to be naive about the corrupting and morally corrosive influence of political power. We have an opportunity to not allow history to simply repeat itself.
Let's get together to share our experiences, analysis and stake out a realistic future for Montreal. We begin by conveying a select group of persons, who can discuss democratically together, what is to be done now.
Among the matters which we wish pre-occupy us : urban environment from climate change to green spaces; social housing; public transit;municipal democracy and citizens;the $15 minimum wage campaign