The exhibition Les visages de la participation citoyenne à Montréal was presented in the Hall of Honour at Montréal City Hall in 2013.
A unique look at Montrealers’ participation in their city’s affairs, the exhibition invites you to discover the major steps in the evolution of Montréal democracy. From the election, in 1833, of the city’s first mayor, Jacques Viger, to the first question voiced by a citizen in a city council meeting in 1986, the creation of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, and the live webcasting of city council and executive committee meetings, the reader will be taken back through more than 180 years of milestones in municipal democracy.
The exhibition was the brainchild of the Task Force on Democracy, a Ville de Montréal work group composed of some 15 citizens and a few civil servants. Established upon the closing of the Sommet de Montréal in 2002, the Task Force has developed, with Montréal, a number of innovative tools promoting democracy and participation.
The exhibition was produced by the Ville de Montréal and the Task Force on Democracy, in cooperation with the Archives de Montréal, the city council chair’s office, and the Centre d’histoire de Montréal.