“I don't control the guns that end up” in Montreal, protests Valérie Plante
The executive committee of the City of Montreal will announce on Wednesday a new initiative to counter armed violence, in concert with school principals and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal.
The Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, in August 2022, during a press conference during which she detailed the content of measures intended to to counter armed violence in the Quebec metropolis.
The Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, is calling on the provincial and federal governments to do their part to combat armed violence in the city, the day after three shootings on its territory.
The mayor grew impatient on Tuesday when asked at a press conference about the measures taken by her administration to improve public safety: I do not control the weapons that come in. I do not control the main element and it is the guns that end up in our territory.
I invite you to ask to the government of Quebec and I invite you to ask the federal government what it is doing to protect us and to prevent these weapons from ending up in the hands of our young people, Ms. Plante insisted.
“I don't understand why this is not the main concern of the federal government. »
—Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal and President of the Big Cities Caucus at the Union of Quebec Municipalities
Highlighting the arrival of a new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Valérie Plante says that gun violence must be tackled now, not wait for a possible campaign federal election. What happens in Montreal happens in Toronto, even worse, and in other cities in other provinces. What are we waiting for?
She describes as extremely disturbing the violent events that took place in Montreal on Monday, which involved different types of weapons. Two of the three shootings resulted in injuries whose condition inspires no fear.
This is unacceptable. I understand parents being concerned; it is in living environments, she added, referring to a fourth incident which also occurred on Monday, this time in the courtyard of a primary school in the Anjou district, in the east from the city. Citizens alerted the police after hearing gunshots. Casings were found and the impact of a projectile was visible in one of the windows of the school.
When asked if the authorities have lost control of the situation, Mayor Plante says no. In his opinion, the work carried out by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) is bearing fruit, since several investigations have been resolved, particularly last week.
But this fight against armed violence is a marathon, continues Valérie Plante, and there is no magic solution.
Even if I say I don't want any more guns on the island of Montreal, what do we do when it& #x27;is laws on another level?, she asks.
These are weapons that enter through borders, these are weapons that pass through reserves: that is the reality.
The executive committee of the City of Montreal will announce on Wednesday a project called the school team to secure the surroundings of schools. In the wake of this initiative, in which the SPVM and the management of educational institutions participate, the City will allocate funds to improve communication with young people, for example.
Some initiatives will take longer, says Plante. A new reality has emerged in the wake of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, she explains: Criminal groups are recruiting younger and younger people […].
It's really a collaborative effort, she insists.
Later in the day, the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, was also questioned about armed violence in the metropolis, a situation he says he takes seriously.
Valérie Plante is working with the SPVM to add police, especially in neighborhoods where it's warmer, he said.
During the election campaign, the leader of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) was asked if he was just adjusting to events with regard to incidents of armed violence. We announced in August – it's still not yesterday – 250 million [de dollars] more to help the City of Montreal, he retorted.
According to M. Legault, you should ask Ms. Plante questions […].
The Prime Minister says he does not know how many police officers there are on the streets of Montreal. But he wants their presence to be increased: Money was given to get more. Are they already there? In any case, I would like them to be there as soon as possible.