Al­most half of For­mula E tick­ets were give­aways

Montreal Times - - News - By Bon­nie Wurst mtl­times.ca

Af­ter con­stant de­mands from Mon­treal­ers and op­po­si­tion party Pro­jet Mon­tréal, con­cern­ing how many tick­ets were ac­tu­ally sold for the con­tro­ver­sial For­mula E elec­tric car race last July, Mon­treal c’est elec­trique (MCE), or­ga­niz­ers of the race, re­leased a state­ment to­day say­ing that 20,000 of the 45,000 tick­ets avail­able for the event were given away - for free.

The tick­ets were given to spec­ta­tors, sev­eral groups and lo­cal res­i­dents - but the num­bers might even be skewed as there are ques­tions about how many of the 25,000 tick­ets they claim were sold, were ac­tu­ally given away to spon­sors as well.

Pro­jet Mon­tréal hounded Mayor Coderre about fail­ing to dis­close the in­for­ma­tion through­out the elec­tion cam­paign - and his re­sponse was al­ways the same, say­ing that in­for­ma­tion would not be made pub­lic un­til af­ter the elec­tion, blam­ing the delay on the ac­count­ing firm who was man­dated to go over the books.

Valérie Plante, leader of Pro­jet Mon­tréal re­sponded quickly to the an­nounce­ment, say­ing in a CBC re­port that '20,000 tick­ets given away out of 45,000 was an enor­mous num­ber and she still has ques­tions about the event'.

"What were the eco­nomic ben­e­fits? Was it worth it for the ci­ti­zens who felt trapped and the busi­nesses that lost money?" she asked - a ques­tion many Mon­treal­ers would like to hear an­swered.

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