Red-green political party makes headway in Montreal city elections

Not everything going on in Montreal is as depressing as the climate summit. In recent citywide elections, Projet Montreal — a municipal political party devoted to dense urban development, public transit, and social justice — picked up two city-council seats and took a big step toward becoming an established opposition party. In doing so, it brought to North America the red-green union of social democracy and environmentalism familiar in European cities like Paris and London. Payton Chung surveys the scene in Gristmill.