Valérie Plante To Become Montreal’s First Female Mayor; Defeats Denis Coderre

Montreal mayor-elect Valerie Plante stands on a busy street corner on Wednesday in Montreal.

MONTREAL — Valérie Plante is declaring victory in Montreal’s mayoralty election.

Plante, 43, is leading with 51.2 per cent of the vote compared to 45.8 per cent for incumbent Denis Coderre with most polls reporting.

She has taken to Twitter to thank her followers for electing her.

“We have made history,” she tweeted. “Thank you, Montreal!”

Plante will be the first female mayor elected in Montreal in the city’s 375-year history, and Montreal will be the largest North American city with a female mayor, according to CTV News.

She and her party campaigned on a platform of improving public transit and traffic flow, as well as adding green spaces and social housing.

Plante entered politics when she won a city council seat in 2013 and was elected to her party’s leadership last fall.

Valerie Plante's supporters react as votes comes in projecting her win on election night during the municipal election in Montreal on Sunday.

She began the race as a relative unknown but opinion polls showed her steadily gaining in the polls as the campaign went on.

She will take over the mayor’s seat from Coderre, a former Liberal MP and cabinet minister who has served as mayor since 2013.

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Author: Canadian Press