MAYOR CLIMBS DOWN ON RE­STRICT­ING CARS ON MOUNT ROYAL

National Post (Latest Edition) - - CANADA -

Mon­treal’s new gov­ern­ment is back­ing off a plan to im­me­di­ately limit car ac­cess to the city’s Mount Royal Park af­ter thou­sands of cit­i­zens signed a pe­ti­tion crit­i­ciz­ing the move. Op­po­si­tion leader Lionel Perez says Mayor Valérie Plante’s de­ci­sion to hold pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions be­fore go­ing ahead with her pi­lot project is a vic­tory for democ­racy. Plante and her di­rec­tor of big parks, Luc Fer­ran­dez, ini­tially said they wouldn’t bend with re­gard to their plan to limit ac­cess to the moun­tain road. They said the thor­ough­fare, which stretches along a ceme­tery and Beaver Lake and of­fers gor­geous panoramic views of the is­land, was never meant to be a main artery. But the de­ci­sion was op­posed by thou­sands of cit­i­zens who signed a pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing the city hold pub­lic talks be­fore any ac­tion.

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