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Will Quebec’s New, Pro-Highway Government Collide With Montreal?

A newly elected center-right party could put the province in ideological opposition to its biggest city, a left-leaning metropolis with a mayor that has promised better public transit, social inclusion, and sustainable development.
Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) party leader Legault shakes hands with supporters in Quebec City after his election night victory.
Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) party leader Legault shakes hands with supporters in Quebec City after his election night victory.Chris Wattie/Reuters

Montreal is holding its breath as a new provincial government that campaigned on a pro-highway, anti-immigrant platform comes to power.

The election of the center-right Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government could put the province in ideological opposition to its biggest city, a left-leaning metropolis that itself recently elected a mayor that promised better public transit, social inclusion, and sustainable development. Those municipal promises include a badly needed Metro extension in downtown Montreal—an ongoing project the new provincial leader has publicly opposed.