An article written in the Montreal Gazette, here is the link if you’d like to read it off the Gazette’s website. http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreals-battle-to-acquire-more-power-ramps-up
Montreal wants to be able to reduce speed limits on its streets without having to ask Quebec.
It wants the power to set store hours without waiting months for a decision from the province.
Since 85 per cent of the 50,000 immigrants that come to Quebec each year end up in Montreal, the city wants more control over how they will be cared for, since Montreal does most of the caring, and control over the funding budget required to do so.
It wants more say over economic development. And social housing and homelessness and new ways of generating revenue.
It wants special “metropolitan” or city-state status, granting it extra powers in comparison to its smaller provincial confreres, in order to compete in an era of growing influence of cities in the global marketplace.
With the official signing of a fiscal pact between Quebec and its municipalities Tuesday that included a reduction in the amount of money transferred from the province to cities each year, it is assumed Montreal, and Quebec City, which is seeking special “capital city” status, have made headway on agreements in principle for the greater powers they covet. The fiscal pact also provides municipalities the promise of greater power in contract talks with their municipal unions if negotiations and arbitration fail to bring a solution.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said over the weekend that now that the fiscal pact has been ironed out, with 80 per cent of the members of the Union of Quebec Municipalities and 75 per cent of the Fédération québécoise des municipalités voting in favour, his next priority is to hammer out the deals [...]