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Session 2: Saturday June 29th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
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Montreal, the second largest city in Canada, has a robust history of left-wing organizing and mobilization at the municipal level, both through electoral and non-electoral means. This panel seeks to examine the successful practices and the strategic shortcomings of the municipalist Left in Montreal, by focusing on two main dimensions. We would first pay attention to left-wing municipal parties (the Front d’Action Politique from 1969 to 1973, the Rassemblement des Citoyens de Montréal from 1974 to 2001 and Projet Montréal from 2004 to today) and the numerous drawbacks and tensions that they faced in the last five decades, both regarding internal democracy and their links to extra-parliamentary left-wing organizations. We would then take a look at an ongoing mobilization campaign against the gentrification of Park Extension, a low-income neighborhood in the North West of Montreal, and the ways in which this campaign has integrated community-campus collaboration as a strategy for popular empowerment and social change. Our broader aim is to identify a set of practical insights that can contribute to mobilizing efforts in other cities, while helping the Left to face the turbulent times ahead of us.


Giuliana Fumagalli is the mayor of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, one of the largest districts of Montreal. She has been involved for many years as a union and community activist.

Emanuel Guay is a PhD candidate in the Sociology department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a member of the Community-Based Action Research Network (CBAR), a collective striving to build stronger collaborations between academics and popular groups in Montreal, in a community...

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Donald Cuccioletta is a lecturer in History at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) and a founding member of the Montreal Urban Left, a collective aiming to federate popular forces in the city and pressure its current centre-left city administration, Projet Montréal, towards a deepening...

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Samiha Hossain is a community activist based in Park-Extension. She has been involved for many years in grassroots initiatives in the neighborhood.