On the first of his three days as mayor, John Cranley is expected to deliver a speech to the city’s city council, promising to deliver the city on a plan to restore its reputation as a great place to live and work.
Mr. Cranley’s speech will be streamed live on CBC Montreal’s website, but the details are yet to be announced.
“This city is in desperate need of a rebirth,” he said during his remarks Monday night, in a reference to the economic downturn.
“The people of this city deserve better.”
Mr. Cronley has been an active city councillor in Montreal since he was elected in 2014.
He took over the position from Jean-François Lisée, who was elected to a second four-year term in 2018.
He is now a candidate for the 2018 election.
Mr, Cranley has not been shy about taking on the city government, with his efforts to push for changes in the city charter, including increasing the number of days a year for public hearings.
“I’m very committed to making sure that we’re making a city that is welcoming, welcoming to the people and welcoming to our businesses,” he told CBC Montreal last week.
“But I also want to make sure that the charter that we have, that the city is looking to update every four years, that is in line with what we think the city needs to have.”
The city has faced criticism from the business community for not taking the time to prepare for the new mayor’s arrival, but Mr. Cernon said Monday he has no problem with Mr. Crane taking the reins.
“We will continue to work with him and with the community to make that happen,” Mr. Ciccone said.
“If we need to, we will.”