"This is a key issue for us to put in place -- my anti-collusion, anti-corruption plan," said Coderre, a Liberal who was elected the city's 44th mayor in Sunday's election with 32 percent of the vote.
Coderre said he would use his new position to continue his opposition to Quebec province's proposed values charter, which he called a divisive issue, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The bill would restrict the wearing of conspicuous religious symbols for public employees and make it mandatory for everyone to have their face uncovered when providing or receiving a state service.
"I'm going to relay, but I'm pretty sure that they're aware, that's very divisive, very emotional," he said. "My job as a mayor is to make sure that we don't put oil on fire."
CTV News said the former federal Cabinet minister's nearest competitor was political newcomer Melanie Joly, who received 26.5 percent of the votes. Coderre also out-polled several other candidates, including Richard Bergeron of Projet Montreal with 25.75 percent and Marcel Cote of Coalition Montreal with 13 percent.
Voter turnout was about 41 percent.
Coderre, 50, succeeds Laurent Blanchard, who the City Council elected interim mayor in late June, a month after Michael Applebaum resigned after being charged with fraud and corruption.
CTV News said Coderre will have to work with a City Council that will not have a majority of councilors aligned with him. Election results project candidates supporting him will take 27 seats, while Projet Montreal councilors will hold 20, Cote's Coalition will have six, and Joly's team will have four. Several other political groups also will hold one or two seats each, CTV said.
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