Despite being full of controversy and a lacking many major campaign promises, Valérie Plante's capital-works budget for Montreal was passed with a majority of city councilors in favor of the budget.
The capital-works budget details spending priorities for 2018, but only after a full days debate before passing along party lines.
These key points are missing from the budget, and Montrealer's are pissed. Time to make some better moves, Valérie Plante!
Raising Rents And Property Tax
A campaign promise to not raise any taxes beyond the standard inflation rate was not kept. In fact, the Montreal 2018 budget did the opposite and raised taxes by a 3.3% average - one of the largest increases in recent years.
“The administration tried to pull a fast one,” said St-Laurent borough mayor Alan DeSousa of the Ensemble Montréal party, referring to Plante’s promise not to raise taxes, before the budget was passed by 39 votes to 21.
CBC has some stats about what the property tax hike will mean for you and your borough.
No Pink Line
This is a big one, Valérie Plante! The key promise of Plante's Project Montreal administration is the brand-new Pink Line on our STM system. Plante did gain some support on this, but in the 2018 capital-works budget, the Pink Line is non-existent. It remains to be seen if this will ever get off the ground.
Heated Sidewalks Fall Through The Cracks
The Plante administration does not stand with the proposed heated sidewalks from the Coderre era because of the high cost associated with the project. This is, to me, the right decision to make - but locals are still pretty salty about the promises not being met.
Montreal's Problem With Diversity
The first woman to lead Montreal, Plante broke the glass ceiling into shambles. It was assumed the diversity issues at City Hall would fall into shambles with this gender barrier break, but this was not the case. Gender barriers may be have been broken - but the executive committee made up solely of white folks speaks volumes to another side of Montreal's diversity issues.
Calèches Are (Seemingly) Here To Stay
It's possible they are waiting till summer to make their move, but the Plante administration has thus far shown no intent to end the city's controversial calèches. Despite going on record about this subject, there has been no effort to move forward.
Local Businesses Expected To Take A Hit
Beyond the property tax hike, local businesses are also on the hit list for a 3% tax increase. According to Radio-Canada, the tax increase is sure to harm our local businesses.
Young Families Are Not A Priority
A mother in the Rosemont area called out Plante and her administration on TVA. Thinking Valérie Plante would be "pro-family", she now finds this fact to be too far from the truth thanks to her family's funds being sunk into property tax hikes. Definitely not a way to help assist younger Montreal families.
You can take a look at the 2018 budgetright here. Does this feel like we are "Building A Better Montreal", or are we repeating the same cycle with a newly appointed head of the snake?
I guess time will tell.