South Shore mayors want out of agglomeration
Published Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:22PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, March 16, 2017 7:07PM EDT
Three South Shore mayors say they want out.
The mayors of Brossard, Saint Lambert, and Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville argue it costs too much to belong to the South Shore Regional Agglomeration, and they no longer want to be part of it.
The mayors presented a CROP poll Thursday morning showing that 84 per cent of their residents would be in favour of a demerger referendum.
Brossard Mayor Paul Leduc said Quebec City must either change the fiscal arrangement of the agglomeration or dismantle it.
He said in many case residents of the three boroughs pay much more for municipal services than other communities their size. T
heir cities voted in 2004 to leave the merged city of Longueuil that was forced by the 2001 provincial government.
However the provincial government decided not enough people took part in order for the vote to be valid.
Alain Depatie, mayor of Saint Lambert, said it's time to revisit the issue.
"We want the upper authority, the provincial government, to understand us. We've been asking since last December for the Minister of Municipal Affairs to meet us. He declined," said Depatie.
Now the trio is asking Premier Philippe Couillard to hear their argument, and say the poll they commissioned should be a reason to listen.