Thursday, June 21, 2007

Quebec proposes new regional municipal structure

The Quebec government tabled today a bill to reform the grotesquely-named Montreal agglomeration council -- the regional decision-making body comprised of the (very large) central city and the (relatively less populous) suburbs.

The proposed bill has to be approved by the Quebec legislature this fall. Given the minority status of the government, the bill is by no means certain to pass as-is. The suburbs seem pleased that their recommendations were taken into account. The mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay, is peeved at the Quebec government.

When asked about it, Premier Jean Charest opened a can of political whoop-ass on Mayor Tremblay. Good for Charest on standing his ground.

Watch Charest's comments below.


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