Party leaders woo Quebec municipalities | Elections Quebec 2022
The president of the UMQ and mayor of Gaspé, Daniel Côté (archives)
The day after the leaders' debate, the five candidates for the post of Prime Minister are present at the Electoral Summit of the Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ). It's a must in every election campaign, just like their participation in the Annual Congress of the Federation of Quebec Municipalities (FMQ), which will take place next Thursday in Montreal.
In 2018, the UMQ Electoral Summit allowed it to reiterate its request to obtain a QST point, a request finally accepted by the CAQ which, once in power, concluded in 2019 a tax pact with the municipalities of Quebec.
This time, the municipal electoral platform of the Union concerns finances and taxation, housing and housing, the development of the territory and infrastructure, as well as regional development.
In presenting its grocery list at the end of August, the UMQ notably recommended the massive construction of social and affordable housing and a review of the intercity transportation business model.
To alleviate the labor shortage, she also asked Quebec to adopt a regionalization strategy for immigration – a proposal defended by the PLQ and QS, but whose applicability is questioned by the CAQ – and to use taxation to incentivize labor market participation.
Concretely, the UMQ is asking for a billion dollars to deal with rising inflation.
On Tuesday, the caucus of the big cities of the Union also estimated the needs of municipalities at 2 billion per year to deal with the climate crisis, a request immediately rejected by the leader of the CAQ and outgoing Prime Minister, François Legault.
However, the sources of revenue for municipalities are more than limited, recalled the president of the UMQ, Daniel Côté, who is also mayor of Gaspé, in an interview with D'abord l'info, Friday morning at ICI RDI.
According to him, municipal taxation dates from another era. We are too dependent on land, argues Mr. Côté. Meanwhile, the revenues of the Quebec state are increasing markedly, he notes, arguing that this imbalance must be corrected.
This year again, the UMQ n will support any political party, Mr. Côté confirmed to Marc-André Masson. But elected municipal officials will be attentive to the answers given by each party on the issues that concern them, he added.
With information from Jérôme Labbé