Former Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, using a playful approach, told an audience at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Westmount last week that he has still not decided whether to run for mayor again in 2021.
Coderre was the guest speaker at the Victor and Sheila Goldbloom Symposium, where he was introduced by Jonathan Goldbloom and interviewed on stage by Goldbloom and Rabbi Lisa Grushcow.
Coderre, sprinkling some Hebrew in his speech, discussed his time on the March of the Living – including visits to Auschwitz and Israel — which he said gave him a new perspective on life, including the shock of his election loss last year.
“When you think about failures, and all those little things in life, and you’re taking a walk at Birkenau (the concentration camp), and then going to Israel with Holocaust survivors and those who made a difference in Israel itself, a lot of things are pretty relatif,” he said.
The former Mayor was then asked about his future, which he took as a question on his political future.
“Do you want me to run again?” he asked the audience, which applauded.
“You have that on record now,” Coderre quipped to the journalists in the audience. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. There’s a lot of ways to make this city shine. I have a great opportunity now as ambassador of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation. And I’m working for Stingray (the music and video services provider), so they pay me to listen to music.”
The former Mayor said he loves the city, and that politics is part of his DNA.
“I’ve been in public life for 35 years... I have to think of myself right now, I have to work on myself, bring things together, because when you’re working 20 hours a day, seven days a week, no matter what field, those sacrifices cause collateral damage, and I’m thinking about my family.”