As many of you have all heard by now, the subject of more autonomy for Montreal has been endorsed by the Bank of Montreal Financial Group and the Boston Consulting Group thanks to their non-partisan study Créer un nouvel élan à Montréal (Creating A New Momentum In Montreal). As we have been saying since day one, Montreal needs more autonomy and this report supports our purpose.
Jacques Ménard and Eric Brat have been in the news all week due to their 10-step plan for reviving Montreal. But, if you’ve been on the island and keeping up with politics, social and business networks, you know that this is an idea that also has the support of politicians with Montreal’s interests in mind.
Mayor Coderre endorses special status for our city and verbally expressed this since his mayoral campaign. Even Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during his presentation at Concordia University on February 6 confirmed face-to-face with our Executive Director, Yaffa Tegegne, that he supports Montrealers’ desire to achieve special status.
CRITIQ’s question to Justin Trudeau:
You encourage youth to stand up against divisive politics. Here in Montreal we are at the crux of that issue and very frustrated. As a Montrealer and an MP representing Montreal how do you foresee Montreal will be able to prosper economically and compete with other Canadian cities in the future? Would you support special status for Montreal, exempting it from provincial legislation such as the proposed Charter which serves to divide people and hinder growth?
Justin Trudeau’s response:
Absolutely yes. I would support any exemptions for Montreal from the Charter of Values. Montreal is a wonderful city that deserves respect and deserves to grow and become a world city.
So, there you have [...]