Bruno Marchand: the power of will and ambition

He enters the room with a determined step. The handshake is firm and the smile sincere. He greets each member of the team. Dark clothing and red sports shoes. It’s the mayor’s signature that no longer surprises anyone.

To see him go, we wouldn’t say that the last few months have been difficult for Bruno Marchand. Tramway project on pause, verbal joust with the Minister of Transport, Geneviève Guilbault, and local surveys which indicate dissatisfaction among the citizens of her city. However, the mayor refuses to get behind the status quo.

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In interview on the show THE corridors of powerthe mayor of Quebec talks about the challenges of municipal politics, his vision of sustainable mobility as well as this direct, ambitious and sometimes disturbing political approach that he completely embraces.

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Bruno Marchand, in an interview with Daniel Thibeault, spoke about the challenges of municipal policy and his vision of sustainable mobility.

Photo: Radio-Canada

There are evenings when it takes a good night’s sleep to resolve doubtsnevertheless admits Bruno Marchand, who is not impervious to comments from residents of the Capitale-Nationale.

The hardest part is […] to distance yourself as a politician without having a shell. Because the day you put on a shell, that means you distance yourself from the people you want to represent and serve, so how do you stay human?

A quote from Bruno Marchand, mayor of Quebec

He emphasizes that politics is also hard on loved ones, family and friends, who have not chosen public life but who bear the brunt of criticism, harsh comments and sometimes even insults.

The municipal world offers citizens unrivaled access to elected officials. How can they cope with this adversity? Never lose your optimism, says the mayor, while accepting its vulnerabilities. Count on those around you, even if the flame wobbles a little sometimes, says Bruno Marchand, and start again the next day with the same passion to advance a political vision.

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The mobility marathon

When asked about his vision of mobility, the mayor of Quebec is categorical: we must stop thinking based on a horizon of two or three years and current needs. In fact, we must instead look ahead over several decades to prevent projects from being disrupted by elections.

Major projects must be phased like a marathon, like a major testhe adds.

These transport and mobility projects will have to stand the test of time, like the Quebec Bridge, symbol of the link that unites the two banks of the St. Lawrence River.

To those who accuse him of being against the car, Bruno Marchand responds point-for-tat: the public likes to contrast means of transport with each other, even though they are complementary.

This old dialectic [selon laquelle] you are either a good citizen or a bad citizen, where the two look at each other like dogs, then don’t like each other, it’s a way of reducing this debate to a level, in my opinion, so low that he does not project us into the future.

A quote from Bruno Marchand, mayor of Quebec

Mr. Marchand says he impatiently awaits the conclusions of the analysis of CDPQ Below. This organization must submit a report on how to meet the structuring transportation needs in Quebec.

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Geneviève Guilbault, Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Sylvain Roy Roussel

After denouncing lack of vision of the Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility of Quebec, Geneviève Guilbault, whom he accused of wanting to bring Quebec back to the era of television series THE time for peace, Bruno Marchand softened his tone.

He says he welcomes the creation of the Mobilité Infra Québec agency, proposed by the minister. He judges that this organization will make it possible to advance pending projects, maintain control over costs andbring to the table bidders from the start of the exercise.

However, he underlines the need to respect the power and autonomy of cities and he hopes that existing project offices will be involved.

The episode of Behind the scenes of power which includes the interview with Bruno Marchand will be broadcast Sunday at 11 a.m. (EDT) on ICI TÉLÉ and on ICI RDI or will be available for catch-up on the show’s website as well as on ICI TOU.TV.

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