The elected officials of Gaspésie no longer want the “wall to wall”

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The elected representatives of Gaspésie no longer want “wall to wall”

Gaspésie elected officials want the next government to adjust funding for infrastructure programs according to the size of municipalities.

During the election campaign, the mayors and prefects of Gaspésie have a long list of needs to better serve their population. A common point unites them. They want the rules of government assistance programs to be better adapted to their regional realities.

Elected municipal officials want Quebec programs to take regional differences into account.

“It will be important for the next government to step up and take a decentralized approach by putting wall-to-wall aside. »

— Daniel Côté, Prefect of MRC de La Côte-de-Gaspé and Mayor of Gaspé

This demand is not new, but it comes up with more acuity in municipal pharmacies where many infrastructures have to be renovated or new ones built, and this, in an inflationary context.

Gaspésie, which had been in demographic decline for several years, has been able to raise the bar in recent years.

The positive migration balances, however, bring happy problems such as the lack of housing and daycare spaces, notes the mayor of New Richmond and prefect of Bonaventure, Éric Dubé.

We have very, very great needs to upgrade, comments the mayor of New Richmond. These needs come to meet all the objectives when we talk about having a capacity to welcome our citizens, to maintain our things. We must be able to offer quality infrastructures to our citizens, for that, it takes us money to upgrade them.

Gaspésie needs new housing (archive photo).

< p class="e-p">In recent months, several municipalities in the region have put forward various measures to stimulate the construction of new apartments, argues Éric Dubé. But it's not going as fast as we would like. The needs are very great. It will take something extra to help the region fill its housing deficit, observes the prefect of the MRC de Bonaventure.

The elected officials also note that the aid programs financing, particularly for municipal infrastructure, are often ill-suited to small municipalities.

On the show Bon Pied, Bon Heure, the mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Simon Deschênes, gives the example of municipalities, like his own, which has about 7,000 inhabitants. His municipality, he says, does not have the same ability to pay as larger cities. He cites the municipal swimming pool renovation project, valued at $10 million. The City will have to pay a third of the amount, or 3.3 million. The same program in Montreal does not have the same impact on the municipal budget, the tax burden of citizens, observes Simon Deschênes.

“It's really going to be important for governments to be able to take into consideration the particularities of a region. »

— Simon Deschênes, Mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

For Mayor Deschênes, the solution lies in reducing the financial contributions of municipalities to support for municipal infrastructure.

The MRC de La Côte-de-Gaspé, which shared its list of demands with the candidates in the riding, also advocates the regionalization of programs. Like the mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, the elected officials of Côte-de-Gaspé want the programs to be based on the financial capacity of the municipalities.

The mayors and prefects of the MRC de La Côte-de-Gaspé are also calling for a real policy of decentralization so that decisions concerning the regions are made in the regions.

The threat posed by climate change to municipal infrastructure is also a major concern in Gaspésie, three quarters of which is surrounded by water. We will be even more affected quickly, it will take some help.

The Gaspé municipal sector, which has a front row seat to the damage, believes that the government would do well to develop a multi-ministerial approach based on prevention.

The promise of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) to transfer 5,000 civil servant positions to the regions still appeals to elected officials in Gaspésie.

The elected officials of the Côte-de-Gaspé would like the next government to promote the deconcentration of the public service beyond the few cities already targeted. The program should, according to them, benefit devitalized municipalities.

This is exactly what the mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts also wants, for whom these good jobs and their spinoffs could consolidate the recent economic recovery of his city and of Haute-Gaspésie, still considered one of the most devitalized. of Quebec.

The fulfillment of this promise by François Legault is all the more important for the Haute-Gaspésie as the protection of the Gaspésie caribou herd threatens forestry activities.< /p>

Simon Deschênes says he has estimated that 110 direct jobs could be lost. We cannot be against the virtue of protecting the caribou, but I do not hear from the major decision-makers the development of other sectors in the form of compensatory measures , observes the mayor. The latter argues that the loss of 110 jobs in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts is equivalent to that of thousands of jobs in Montreal.

He wants the future government to take the pulse of the community before making decisions.

Elected officials want the strategy to protect caribou habitat to include a replacement solution for local jobs lost in the forest (file photo).

< p class="e-p">There are also serious concerns about the future of the forestry industry on the other side of the peninsula. It affects the five RCMs of Gaspésie. It still creates a lot of jobs on the territory, argued the mayor of New Richmond, Éric Dubé during his visit to Bon Pied, bonne heures.

Region abused by the unemployment and poverty for several years, Gaspésie got better. A lot, but the new achievements remain fragile and limited, especially in an inflationary context.

There are also still many challenges to consolidate crucial economic sectors for the peninsula such as tourism, fisheries, forestry, natural resources, wind power and the maritime sector. Government support remains essential, judge the elected officials of the Côte-de-Gaspé.

Municipalities and MRCs will have to be supported financially to get through this crisis, note the elected officials of the tip of the peninsula. They are not the only ones.

In this regard, the Mayor of New Richmond recalls that the Regional Initiative Fund, with a budget of 6 million, is still necessary to support businesses. This fund must be renewed, he said.

Transportation, including bringing the train to Gaspé as soon as possible, is also a priority. The entire transport business model needs to be reviewed, argue the mayors of Côte-de-Gaspé in their list of demands. Their demand affects intercity public transport as much as road or air transport.

Finally, cellular coverage remains an issue. Still far too many municipalities, stretches of road in the Gaspé are without cellular communication, say elected officials who want to make it a priority for the next government.

During the campaign, all the candidates from the Gaspé ridings were invited to meet the elected officials of Gaspésie in order to learn about the needs and issues and to discuss their proposals. and solutions.

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The elected officials of Gaspésie no longer want the “wall to wall”

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The elected representatives of Gaspésie no longer want “wall to wall”

Gaspésie elected officials want the next government to adjust funding for infrastructure programs according to the size of municipalities.

During the election campaign, the mayors and prefects of Gaspésie have a long list of needs to better serve their population. A common point unites them. They want the rules of government assistance programs to be better adapted to their regional realities.

Elected municipal officials want Quebec programs to take regional differences into account.

“It will be important for the next government to step up and take a decentralized approach by putting wall-to-wall aside. »

— Daniel Côté, Prefect of MRC de La Côte-de-Gaspé and Mayor of Gaspé

This demand is not new, but it comes up with more acuity in municipal pharmacies where many infrastructures have to be renovated or new ones built, and this, in an inflationary context.

Gaspésie, which had been in demographic decline for several years, has been able to raise the bar in recent years.

The positive migration balances, however, bring happy problems such as the lack of housing and daycare spaces, notes the mayor of New Richmond and prefect of Bonaventure, Éric Dubé.

We have very, very great needs to upgrade, comments the mayor of New Richmond. These needs come to meet all the objectives when we talk about having a capacity to welcome our citizens, to maintain our things. We must be able to offer quality infrastructures to our citizens, for that, it takes us money to upgrade them.

Gaspésie needs new housing (archive photo).

< p class="e-p">In recent months, several municipalities in the region have put forward various measures to stimulate the construction of new apartments, argues Éric Dubé. But it's not going as fast as we would like. The needs are very great. It will take something extra to help the region fill its housing deficit, observes the prefect of the MRC de Bonaventure.

The elected officials also note that the aid programs financing, particularly for municipal infrastructure, are often ill-suited to small municipalities.

On the show Bon Pied, Bon Heure, the mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Simon Deschênes, gives the example of municipalities, like his own, which has about 7,000 inhabitants. His municipality, he says, does not have the same ability to pay as larger cities. He cites the municipal swimming pool renovation project, valued at $10 million. The City will have to pay a third of the amount, or 3.3 million. The same program in Montreal does not have the same impact on the municipal budget, the tax burden of citizens, observes Simon Deschênes.

“It's really going to be important for governments to be able to take into consideration the particularities of a region. »

— Simon Deschênes, Mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

For Mayor Deschênes, the solution lies in reducing the financial contributions of municipalities to support for municipal infrastructure.

The MRC de La Côte-de-Gaspé, which shared its list of demands with the candidates in the riding, also advocates the regionalization of programs. Like the mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, the elected officials of Côte-de-Gaspé want the programs to be based on the financial capacity of the municipalities.

The mayors and prefects of the MRC de La Côte-de-Gaspé are also calling for a real policy of decentralization so that decisions concerning the regions are made in the regions.

The threat posed by climate change to municipal infrastructure is also a major concern in Gaspésie, three quarters of which is surrounded by water. We will be even more affected quickly, it will take some help.

The Gaspé municipal sector, which has a front row seat to the damage, believes that the government would do well to develop a multi-ministerial approach based on prevention.

The promise of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) to transfer 5,000 civil servant positions to the regions still appeals to elected officials in Gaspésie.

The elected officials of the Côte-de-Gaspé would like the next government to promote the deconcentration of the public service beyond the few cities already targeted. The program should, according to them, benefit devitalized municipalities.

This is exactly what the mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts also wants, for whom these good jobs and their spinoffs could consolidate the recent economic recovery of his city and of Haute-Gaspésie, still considered one of the most devitalized. of Quebec.

The fulfillment of this promise by François Legault is all the more important for the Haute-Gaspésie as the protection of the Gaspésie caribou herd threatens forestry activities.< /p>

Simon Deschênes says he has estimated that 110 direct jobs could be lost. We cannot be against the virtue of protecting the caribou, but I do not hear from the major decision-makers the development of other sectors in the form of compensatory measures , observes the mayor. The latter argues that the loss of 110 jobs in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts is equivalent to that of thousands of jobs in Montreal.

He wants the future government to take the pulse of the community before making decisions.

Elected officials want the strategy to protect caribou habitat to include a replacement solution for local jobs lost in the forest (file photo).

< p class="e-p">There are also serious concerns about the future of the forestry industry on the other side of the peninsula. It affects the five RCMs of Gaspésie. It still creates a lot of jobs on the territory, argued the mayor of New Richmond, Éric Dubé during his visit to Bon Pied, bonne heures.

Region abused by the unemployment and poverty for several years, Gaspésie got better. A lot, but the new achievements remain fragile and limited, especially in an inflationary context.

There are also still many challenges in consolidating crucial economic sectors for the peninsula, such as tourism, fisheries, forestry, natural resources, wind power and the maritime sector. Government support remains essential, judge the elected officials of the Côte-de-Gaspé.

Municipalities and MRCs will have to be supported financially to get through this crisis, note the elected officials of the tip of the peninsula. They are not the only ones.

In this regard, the Mayor of New Richmond recalls that the Regional Initiative Fund, with a budget of 6 million, is still necessary to support businesses. This fund must be renewed, he said.

Transportation, including bringing the train to Gaspé as soon as possible, is also a priority. The entire transport business model needs to be reviewed, argue the mayors of Côte-de-Gaspé in their list of demands. Their demand affects intercity public transport as much as road or air transport.

Finally, cellular coverage remains an issue. Still far too many municipalities, stretches of road in the Gaspé are without cellular communication, say elected officials who want to make it a priority for the next government.

During the campaign, all the candidates from the Gaspé ridings were invited to meet the elected officials of Gaspésie in order to learn about the needs and issues and to discuss their proposals. and solutions.

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