A few days before the start of the election campaign, the Quebec Federation of Municipalities (FQM) published its electoral platform for the regions on Thursday.
The FQM asks to the leaders of the various provincial parties to commit to giving the municipalities the means of their ambitions.
“With the inflation we are experiencing, the municipal world must find other sources of revenue than property tax. We are starting to prepare our budgets for next year and we cannot increase municipal taxes at the same rate as inflation, families tell us about it. I will carefully monitor what the political parties will propose to support us in this,” said the president of the FQM, Jacques Demers.
More specifically, the electoral platform of the regions of the Fédération québécoise des municipalités targets nine main issues. At the top of the list, ensuring cellular coverage everywhere, because it is still lacking in many places. “It is not complicated, there is not a municipality in our MRC which does not have a cell discovery, says the prefect of the regional county municipality (MRC) of Coaticook, Bernard Marion. I live in the village of Sainte-Edwidge-de-Clifton, and the cell phone does not fit.”
Ensuring cell coverage everywhere
< li dir="auto">Redeploy health services in all territories
Put an end to “wall to wall” in land use planning
Introduce the notion of territory in municipal financing
Decentralize and deconcentrate the Quebec state
Mobilize municipalities to fight climate change
Rethink housing according to regional needs
< li dir="auto">Combat the labor shortage and promote immigration to the region
Launch a project for our local services and businesses
The regional platform also raises the desire for municipal funding according to the size of municipalities, especially in the context of climate change. “When a municipality of 300 inhabitants has to maintain a road network of 200 kilometres, with climate change, we have to redo our infrastructures such as culverts. It doesn't work anymore. The size of the territory should also be included in the calculation,” reported Jacques Demers.
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