Benoit Dorais to step down as Montreal's executive committee president

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Benoit Dorais and Mayor Valérie Plante give a news conference in 2020. Dorais will run for a fourth term as Sud-Ouest borough mayor but will not return as president of Montreal's executive committee. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Benoit Dorais and Mayor Valérie Plante give a news conference in 2020. Dorais will run for a fourth term as Sud-Ouest borough mayor but will not return as president of Montreal's executive committee. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada - image credit)

If Valérie Plante wins re-election as Montreal mayor in November, Benoit Dorais will not serve another term as the city's executive committee president.

Plante and Dorais, who is also the mayor of the Sud-Ouest borough, agreed that he will step down at the end of the Sept. 22 executive committee meeting.

Dorais is still seeking a fourth term as borough mayor this November. He received over 70 per cent of the vote in 2017, the most of any borough mayor.

Keeton Clarke, of Balarama Holness's Mouvement Montréal party, is currently the only person running against Dorais.

In an interview with Radio-Canada on Friday, Dorais said he plans to continue to serve his borough and the city, but the move away from the executive committee position will give new energy to the committee.

"It's a thankless role, one that requires a lot of work," he said. "It's a great honour to do it, but when you look into the future, you say to yourself, 'Am I going to keep going for another four years?'"

In 2019, Dorais fended off calls for his resignation after it was revealed he'd been ticketed for driving 171 km/h in a 100-km/h zone. Dorais apologized and city officials stood by him, saying the incident did not call into question the quality of his work.

Former Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, who is running for mayor with Ensemble Montréal, announced in August that businesswoman Nadine Gelly will be named president of the executive committee should he win the November vote. Plante has not yet announced who would replace Dorais.

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