Photo cred - Bernard Bujold
Montreal's mayor wants to hear less about the Charter and more about Montreal during the provincial elections.
Coderre told La Presse he "doesn't want to talk about the Charter for 35 days," and would like the potential premiers to address municipal issues that directly affect Montreal.
Many of Quebec's mayors feel the same way, and are calling for more taxation powers from the provincial government. Seeing as how the financing system for cities hasn't changed since the 80s, maybe it is time for an overhaul of municipal powers.
Coderre elaborated his stance, saying how major cities in Quebec aren't "simply creatures of the provinces. [Cities have] an economic role, a social role, [and one of ] integration."
I'm inclined to agree with Coderre's statements. While the Charter is definitely a serious topic, it doesn't address economic issues. Given that Montreal is in a steady economic decline, we need a premier who is going to help out our city.
Should the needs of Quebec's cities come before the Charter?
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