Mayor wants to re-light the Jacque Cartier Bridge again

Montreal Times - - News - By: Bon­nie Wurst / mtl­

Mayor Coderre an­nounced there will be an­other of­fi­cial light­ing of the Jac­ques Cartier Bridge on June 25th. He was not at all pleased by the way the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony went on May 17th when sev­eral thou­sand off-duty police of­fi­cers held a protest and dis­rupted the event, drown­ing out the ac­com­pa­ny­ing sound­track by the Mon­treal Metropoli­tan Orches­tra and other mu­si­cal per­for­mances.

Ac­cord­ing to Coderre, it ru­ined the cel­e­bra­tion for the close to 400,000 peo­ple who at­tended and the 1.8 mil­lion tele­vi­sion view­ers who watched it live. Apol­o­giz­ing to Mon­treal­ers for the fi­asco, he promised to re­peat the per­for­mance at a later date - and it seems he is stick­ing to his word.

Mon­treal police of­fi­cers have been with­out a con­tract since De­cem­ber 31st 2014 and were protest­ing the lag­ging ne­go­ti­a­tions to re­new their col­lec­tive agree­ment.

In a writ­ten state­ment re­leased to the me­dia Coderre said, “So that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble can ex­pe­ri­ence the full, shin­ing po­ten­tial of this work, I am de­lighted that this grandiose spec­ta­cle will be pre­sented for a sec­ond time, on June 25 at 10:30pm… our city will have pride of place once again!”

But is it re­ally nec­es­sary and at what cost? Some peo­ple feel an­other re-light­ing of the bridge is need­less and it re­ally did not ruin their en­joy­ment. City hall an­a­lyst Karim Bou­los told Global News that Coderre 'feels that the re­peat show may have less to do with Mon­treal­ers’ en­joy­ment, and more to do with Mayor Coderre him­self.'

The So­ci­ety for the Cel­e­bra­tion of Mon­treal’s 375th An­niver­sary said they will cover the cost of a re­peat light­ing up of the bridge - but did not say what the amount for the sec­ond show will be.

Did you at­tend or watch the first event on tele­vi­sion? Was your ex­pe­ri­ence ru­ined by the police protest and think a re­peat per­for­mance is nec­es­sary? Or is it a waste of money?

Let us know: info@mtl­

Light­ing up the Jacque Cartier Bridge once again

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