Speaking on Tout le monde en parle, the 29-year-old mayor said reducing her salary is one of the first things she wants to do at the first city council meeting on November 23.
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"We will lower it considerably [...] I think it's going to be about a $65,000 pay cut, so it's going to be around $185,000 [per year]," Fournier said.
Fournier promised to reduce the salary set by her predecessor during the campaign period.
"I think everyone agrees that it doesn't look good for the mayor of Longueuil to earn a higher salary than the premier of Quebec," Fournier told TVA Nouvelles in April.
Fournier told Tout le monde en parle host Guy A. Lepage that the whole question of elected officials' salaries, in general, deserves more in-depth reflection.
"There are many mayors in Quebec who earn only a few thousand dollars per year, while it is a job that is considerable. There are also differences between levels of government. The federal government makes about double the salary of a Quebec MP. So, I think there is some cleaning up to be done in all this," she said.
The new mayor of Quebec City, Bruno Marchand, who was also a guest on the show, said he will receive a salary "in the same range" as Fournier. "If she had lowered it more, I would have done [that], but as she does not..." he said, laughing.
Classes at a South Shore high school were suspended as police investigated what they called "threatening comments." In an 8:14 a.m. Facebook post, Longueuil police (SPAL) said they were carrying out a "preventive intervention" at the Heritage Regional High School.
The SPAL added that most students were not on campus at the time of the intervention because classes weren't scheduled to start until 9:30 a.m.
In a Facebook post, Heritage Regional High said it had ordered school buses to turn around to drop students off and asked parents to pick up students who were already on campus.
After securing the high school, the SPAL confirmed at 11:15 a.m. that it had lifted its perimeter and identified an individual suspected of making the comments, an unnamed minor who is not a student at the school.
Heritage explained that it contacted the police after discovering the threat "circulating on social media."
"We always take safety very seriously and will continue to take action when a perceived threat to our school is reported to us," the school wrote on Facebook after the police intervention had ended.
"We are grateful to be part of such a strong community that never hesitates to reach out and share any concerns. We all share the responsibility of ensuring our students are safe."
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
The report recommended that Quebec acknowledge systemic racism. It also said racism and prejudice played a role in Echaquan's death.
"The only place where I don't agree is when we say that there's a 'system' because for me a 'system' is coming from upstairs, coming from the top people, and I don't see this in the health care network, for example," Legault said at a press conference on Tuesday, following the release of the coroner's report.
"What happened to Mrs. Echaquan is terrible [...] and few employees, not only one, didn't deliver the right services to her."
He reiterated that people who believe in systemic racism in Quebec don't have the same definition that he does.
"We don't have a system [of racism], top to bottom, and it's a question of fact," he said.
He emphasized the need to "stop dividing Quebecers" with arguments about systemic racism.
"Even [the coroner who wrote the report] Mrs. Kahmel, she's saying that we have not to put all the emphasis only on words. We have to put emphasis on actions to change the situation and, on that, I fully agree," said Legault.