Police Forces: The CAQ Tables a Bill for Municipal Autonomy

 

 24 May 2016

In order to promote municipal autonomy, the CAQ critic for municipal affairs and land occupancy, Mario Laframboise, tabled bill 690 on Tuesday at the National Assembly; aiming to facilitate service-sharing among police forces. The bill also states that the Minister of Public Security can authorize a municipality’s request to alter the services in provision by the Quebec Police Act.

“The cost of municipal police services is not a new topic of debate. The municipalities are constantly seeking to reduce this expense, without harming the population’s security. The CAQ is proposing a tangible and realistic solution today, to facilitate police service-sharing. Currently, the Minister of Public Security makes the final decision, alone and without elaborating on his motives; regarding the support and emergency services that are to be shared among municipalities. This manner is outdated. At the CAQ, we believe that the cities must take charge of this reform, for the betterment of their own citizens”, declared the member for Blainville.

Mario Laframboise also highlighted that the new Act would allocate an adapted police resource to municipalities in need. Bill 690 will enable each municipality of over 50,000 residents, currently run by the SQ (Sûreté du Québec), to decide whether it wishes to be served by a municipal police force. In some cases, the Minister of Public Security’s consent will not be required.

This reform aims to increase Quebec’s safety facing the crime present in each of the cities, declares Mario Laframboise. “If a municipality wishes to offer its citizens an altered police service, it will have to justify its decision in a report, that will be rendered public, and which will include an evaluation of the delinquency present within its boundaries. The municipality will need to address matters clearly, and to provide proofs to the Minister. It is elementary to the safety of all Quebecers”, insists Mario Laframboise.

Municipal Enactment Rights: Couillard Refuses to Honour His Commitment

 

 12 May 2016

For a second day in a row, the Prime Minister has avoided saying whether he was going to grant municipalities enactment rights for collective agreements, as he committed to do last February. The CAQ Leader, François Legault, considers that Philippe Couillard has proven, once again, that the government’s promises are insignificant.

By retracting the signature he placed on the fiscal agreement last September, Philippe Couillard is pushing the municipalities over the edge, thus forcing them to increase their tax accounts; warns Mr. Legault. The result: Taxpayers will be footed the bill, once again, for empty Liberal promises.

“According to the government, the salary of municipal officials is 39% higher than the salary of officials in the public service. Who is paying for the difference? The taxpayers, again! It is becoming obvious that the Liberal government places very little worth in its promises. The situation has peaked with the statements made by the Minister of Municipal Affairs. He said: “The means will remain the means, these means will be the best possible means”. I have never heard a university professor utter such cant. The Prime Minister must respect his obligation, and accord elected representatives, as a last resort, the power to enact the working conditions of their employees”, demands François Legault.

The member for L’Assomption notes that by choosing to grant the influence to a mediator instead of municipal officials, Philippe Couillard is increasing taxpayers’ financial burden. “The Prime Minister fails to understand that taxpayers are suffocating. After two years in power, he is still clueless about what is needed, and he governs through trial and error. Wandering and fumbling are not appropriate for a person fulfilling his function. Does the Prime Minister trust our elected municipal officials? If so, he needs to honour his commitment!” Concludes François Legault.