Débat Économique

2013 Montréal Elections: the economic debate

Monday, October 21, 2013 from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Broadcasted from 6 p. m. by RDI


Four Montréal mayoral candidates go head to head on their vision for the economic future of the city. The debate will be followed by a networking cocktail with more than 400 business people.


Richard Bergeron

Richard Bergeron

Projet Montréal


Denis Coderre

Mayor of Montréal,
Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM)

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Elected Mayor of Montréal on November 3, 2013, Mr. Coderre is also Executive Committee Member responsible for Economic Development, International Relations, Mont-Royal and Montréal’s 375th Anniversary.

From 1997 to 2013, Mr. Coderre represented constituents in Bourassa who elected him six times to the House of Commons. He held several ministerial positions in the Government of Canada.

Denis Coderre played a crucial role in issues of critical importance to Montréal, including the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s headquarters in Montréal.

Mr. Coderre holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Université de Montréal and an Executive MBA from the University of Ottawa.

He is married to Chantale Renaud and they have two children, Alexandre and Geneviève.


Marcel Côté

Marcel Côté

Coalition Montréal - Marcel Côté


The Honourable Mélanie Joly

Minister of Canadian Heritage

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As Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly is responsible for policies related to arts and culture, the media, official and indigenous languages, multiculturalism, and the National Capital Region. She is the Member of Parliament for the Montréal riding of Ahuntsic–Cartierville.

A lawyer by training, Mélanie Joly worked in civil and commercial litigation at major law firms in Montréal before entering the communications field as a managing partner at the Montréal office of international communications firm Cohn & Wolfe. As founder of the Vrai changement pour Montréal party, she ran for mayor of Montréal in 2013, with a campaign that set itself apart from the others in its digital scope. In 2014, she published her first book, Changer les règles du jeu (Changing the Rules of the Game), a political essay.

A firm believer in the importance of active community involvement, Mélanie Joly has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of the Régie des rentes du Québec, the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She also served as a member of the Conseil supérieur de la langue française. With her passion for public policy, in 2008, she co-founded Génération d’idées, a political think tank. Mélanie Joly has also distinguished herself through her community involvement, including as a spokesperson for the women’s shelter Logis Rose-Virginie, and as an ambassador for La rue des Femmes.

Mélanie Joly has received several honours for her contribution to her community, and her leadership has been recognized in a number of publications, including Les Affaires, La Presse, and Elle Québec. In 2010, she became the first Quebecer to receive the Arnold Edinborough Award for her involvement in the cultural sector. She was also named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2016.

Mélanie Joly holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Université de Montréal, and a Master’s degree in European and Comparative Law from Oxford University (Chevening Scholarship).

Mélanie Joly sits on the following ministerial committees:

  • Cabinet Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (Vice-Chair)
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Refugees (Vice-Chair)
  • Cabinet Committee on Agenda, Results and Communications (member)
  • Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (member)
  • Cabinet Committee on Open and Transparent Government (member)


Gérald Filion

This privileged encounter, followed by a debate, will be hosted by:

Gérald Fillion

Host, RDI économie
Specialized reporter / economy

Richard Bergeron / Projet Montréal
Denis Coderre / Équipe Denis Coderre
Marcel Côté / Coalition Montréal - Marcel Côté
Mélanie Joly / Le vrai changement pour Montréal – Groupe Mélanie Joly

This debate, which will air live on RDI from 6 p.m., will be hosted by RDI économie host Gérald Fillion

  • 5 to 6 p.m.  Roundtable of candidates
  • 6 p.m. Debate followed by a cocktail
  • Candidates will be asked questions submitted by participants

  • The not-to-be-missed economic event of the mayoralty race.
  • An impassioned debate in an extraordinary atmosphere.
  • The chance to witness a decisive moment in the campaign.

The activity will be held in French and English.


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By phone
514 871-4001

Cancellation policyNo reservations, cancellations or refunds as of 2 days before the event. Participant substitutions are accepted at no extra charge until the event is held. Please note that only written cancellation notices sent by fax at 514 871-5971 or by email at achat@ccmm.qc.ca will be accepted.


Palais des congrès de Montréal
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle

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