Valérie Plante is the 45th and current mayor of Montreal since 2017, she is a Canadian politician. Initially elected to the Montreal City Council in the 2013 election, she has held the position of leader for the Projet Montréal party since December 2016.
Born-14 June 1974
Birthplace- Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
Profession-Mayor of Montreal
Born on June 14, 1974, in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada, Valérie Plante is currently grieving the passing of her father, Gaétan Plante.
Husband and Children
She Married to Pierre-Antoine Harvey, an economist affiliated with the Centrale des syndicats du Québec, Valérie Plante is the mother of two children.
As a teenager, she dedicated a year to residing in North Bay, Ontario, with the goal of learning English. In 1994, she relocated to Montreal to pursue her university education, earning a degree in anthropology in 1997 and another in museology in 2001, both from the University de Montréal.
After working for various non-profit organizations, notably serving as the communications director for the Girls Action Foundation – Fondation Filles d’Action, Valérie Plante pursued diverse roles in the 1990s, including working as a tour guide at Vimy Ridge in France.
In the 2013 Montreal municipal election, Plante secured victory as the councillor for the Sainte-Marie district of the Ville-Marie borough, defeating Louise Harel, a former provincial minister and the 2009 Montreal mayoral candidate. Plante assumed the positions of opposition critic for downtown, tourism, and women’s affairs, and also became the vice-president of the city council, along with being appointed substitute mayor for Ville-Marie.
In the fall of 2016, Plante declared her candidacy for the leadership of Projet Montréal. She emerged triumphant in the leadership election with 51.9%, defeating Guillaume Lavoie. On November 5, 2017, Valérie Plante made history by becoming the first woman to be elected Mayor of Montreal in its 375-year history. Her unexpected victory over the incumbent mayor, Denis Coderre, was fueled by her promises to enhance public transit, address traffic issues, and create a more family-friendly city. Plante secured 51 percent of the vote on election day, compared to Coderre’s 46 percent, with Projet Montréal also winning a majority of seats on the city council.
During the 2017 municipal election campaign, Plante’s key proposal was the establishment of a “Pink Line,” a new Montreal Metro line aimed at improving public transit between downtown and connecting two axes to the boroughs of Montréal-Nord and Lachine. Her strategic placement of election posters in targeted areas played a role in effectively spreading her mayoral ideas.
In the subsequent election on November 7, 2021, Plante decisively secured victory against Coderre by a wider margin, obtaining 52 percent of the vote to his 37 percent. Projet Montréal also expanded its majority on the council. Plante’s campaign focused on adding 60,000 social housing units and maintaining a commitment to enhancing urban life.
Net Worth 2023
Valérie Plante’s estimated net worth is approximately $2 million.
Valérie Plante collapses during press conference
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante is in good condition but will scale back her engagements in the coming days after collapsing during a press conference at City Hall on Tuesday morning. Plante, who was discussing homelessness, momentarily ceased speaking before falling to the floor, remaining conscious throughout. Prompted by her staff, reporters were asked to refrain from filming, and though an ambulance was summoned, Plante did not require hospitalization.
Paramedics evaluated her, and she is reportedly improving. As a precaution, she will be absent from the Ville-Marie borough council meeting on Tuesday and will gradually resume her activities, expressing gratitude for the understanding and support received. A statement on Plante’s X account confirmed the incident and assured the public of her safety, thanking them for their support.
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