Brossard, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert prepare to leave the Longueuil Urban Agglomeration
The mayors of Brossard, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert, informed by a recent CROP survey, are confident that residents strongly support the “We pay too much for Longueuil” campaign launched last October.
A strong majority, nearly three out of four citizens, believes the allocation of Longueuil Urban Agglomeration expenses is unfair and disagrees with the fact that the City of Longueuil alone manages Agglomeration tax monies.
What's more, a strong 84% of respondents in the linked cities support the holding of a popular consultation to seek a clear mandate for their elected municipal officials to ask the Government of Quebec to remove their city from the Longueuil agglomeration.
“These results demonstrate that our requests for in-depth reforms to the Longueuil Urban Agglomeration are widely supported by the population. The Quebec government can no longer hide its head in the sand, and must accept reforming or dismantling the Agglomeration” said the Mayor of Brossard, Mr. Paul Leduc.
In the absence of a willingness on the part of the Government of Quebec to legislate in the short term, the three linked cities will have no other choice than to hold a public consultation using all the democratic means at the municipalities' disposal.
“The survey clearly demonstrates that residents of our cities are ready to follow us in a plan to leave the Longueuil Urban Agglomeration. The fiscal imbalance and the democratic deficit created by Longueuil have reached an unacceptable limit,” said the Mayor of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Mr. Martin Murray.
For 10 years now, the Longueuil Urban Agglomeration has suffered from major defects in governance. On the financial aspect, a report by HEC Montréal economist Robert Gagné, published last October, confirmed that the share of agglomeration expenses borne by the reconstituted cities was widely disproportionate to that assumed by the City of Longueuil.
“These abusive assessments just stifle our ability to act as local governments, and this is all the more true for Saint-Lambert. While the Government of Quebec wants to promote this role of proximity for municipalities, it has failed to provide the capability to the reconstituted cities of the Longueuil agglomeration. This is unacceptable,” added the Mayor of Saint-Lambert, Mr. Alain Dépatie.
The three mayors will present the results of the CROP poll to their respective municipal councils and undertake the necessary steps to launch a democratic process that could lead to leaving the Longueuil Urban Agglomeration.
In response to the inaction of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Use, the Mayors now call upon the Premier of Quebec. He must take the necessary measures to put an end to fiscal inequity and the democratic deficit affecting residents of the reconstituted cities of the Longueuil Urban Agglomeration.