Mayoral debate focuses on corruption
Published Thursday, October 10, 2013 8:17AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:51PM EDT
The four main candidates for mayor of Montreal squared off at Redpath hall on the McGill campus Wednesday evening in a debate moderated by Radio-Canada that covered several topics, but focused on corruption.
Each candidate has their own solution.
Denis Coderre, widely perceived as the front-runner because of name recognition alone, wants to create a new Inspector General position to investigate all contracts awarded by the city of Montreal.
"It will prevent waste, it will prevent fraud, you can re-open if they are looking for extras so it's a follow up process, before during and after the contract," Coderre said.
Marcel Coté disagrees, saying that a new auditor would only create needless bureaucracy and longer delays. He would prefer to have a councillor, one chosen from the Executive Committee, looking at Montreal's expenditures.
"There's nobody on the execcutive committee whose sole purpose is to watch the purse, like we have the department of finance in Ottawa," said Coté.
Richard Bergeron of Projet Montreal says the best solution is to pick the best team, and boasts of his party's integrity.
"The first thing to do is to vote [for] people that were not in this team of corruption for the last twelve years," said Bergeron.
Melanie Joly's solution is to post all city contracts online, and allow the public free access to all decisions made by elected officials.