Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Balarama Holness Wants Montreal To Get 'City-State Status'

"It is time that Montreal benefits from the economic strength it provides to the province."

Staff Writer
Balarama Holness Wants Montreal To Get 'City-State Status'

Montreal mayoral candidate Balarama Holness and his party Mouvement Montréal have just announced a bold policy move.

The mayoral hopeful says he would request "state-like powers" for the metropolis.

In a press release, the party said it would lobby the federal government to grant Montreal city-state status within Quebec so that it would have "greater financial and administrative independence and rightfully give city officials a say in the economic and fiscal outcomes of Quebec's decision-making."

Holness said that "much like Singapore and Hamburg (which both hold city-state status), Montreal is a beacon of urban innovation and development — a hub of economic strength within Quebec's boundaries that deserves autonomous control over its social, political, and legal landscape."

Holness and Mouvement Montréal say they would address five key areas which they say have been "grossly neglected by past and current municipal administrations:" poverty, immigration, health, social and affordable housing, and gun violence.

In addressing poverty, Holness and his party would aim to institute Canada's first universal basic income project, for instance.

"Lobbying for city-state status is a window of opportunity to solidify Montreal's unique heritage, culture, economic strength, and innovation on the national scale, and will best position the city in the aftermath of COVID-19," Holness said.

He added that he wants to "move Montreal forward, ensuring that the city -- and its valuable residents -- thrive in the 21st century."

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.