Plante promises universal accessibility in a second term as mayor

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Denis Coderre of Ensemble Montréal calls this a step backwards when the STM intended to make 41 metro stations accessible by 2025 and that Projet Montréal’s election promises will delay this by two years.

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Universal accessibility would be accelerated under a second Montreal Project administration, party leader Valérie Plante said on Saturday.

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“Universal accessibility was a priority for Projet Montréal during its first mandate and this file will move up a gear,” the party announced in a press release.

Plante, who is running for a second term as mayor of Montreal in the municipal elections of November 6 and 7, said his party would make Montreal a “model of universal accessibility and the fight against ableism everywhere in the metropolis, in particular in the sectors of commerce, housing, public transport and snow removal.

“We have worked tirelessly to provide Montrealers with a more accessible and inclusive city and universal accessibility will continue to be a priority for Projet Montreal over the next four years,” Plante said in the statement.

“During its first term, Projet Montréal demonstrated a real desire to fight discrimination based on disability,” declared Laurence Parent, Projet Montréal candidate for the position of borough councilor for Plateau Mont-Royal.

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“In the next term, we will go further to eliminate the remaining obstacles and provide a more inclusive city for Montrealers.

Among the promises of Projet Montréal for the next four years: working with business development agencies to offer a delivery service to people with disabilities or reduced mobility; work with community organizations to provide a directory of businesses, public places and services accessible to all; shorten the deadlines for people applying for subsidies to adapt their housing to make it accessible; continue the work started to add elevators in 14 metro stations over the next four years and start work in 11 other stations by requesting funding from the Government of Quebec; favor parking spaces for disabled people in snow removal operations; and increase funding for the boroughs from $ 10,000 to $ 15,000 to expand a snow removal program called De la porte au sideottoir.

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However, Ensemble Montreal, led by Plante’s predecessor as mayor, Denis Coderre, called Project Montreal’s promises “a step backwards for universal accessibility” in Montreal.

The The Société de transport de Montréal had plans to make 41 metro stations universally accessible by 2025 , and Projet Montreal’s election promises announced on Saturday will delay that by two years, said Lise Poulin, Ensemble Montreal’s candidate for Lachine borough councilor, in a statement released by her party.

“It’s amazing to have a press conference to announce such a decline,” Poulin said. Montreal’s ombudsman criticized the city in 2020 for neglecting universal accessibility when the Plante administration installed “health corridors” on city streets during the pandemic, she noted in the statement. .

Steven Laperrière, Ensemble Montréal’s candidate for mayor of the borough of LaSalle, said that many people with reduced mobility were stuck in their homes in recent winters because the streets and sidewalks were poorly cleared of snow and de-icing under Plante and Projet Montréal.

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