Mayor's party wants the rules to change on party financing
Mayor Gerald Tremblay's party, Union Montreal, is presenting a number of measures that will call on the Quebec government to change the rules on how contracts can be offered, and how municipal political parties can be financed.
The measures will be presented to city council Monday evening for approval.
City councillor and council majority leader Marvin Rotrand says among the things the party is proposing the government do is bring down the maximum personal contribution limit for municipal parties from $1000 per year to $200.
The limit is at $3000 for provincial parties.
"There's a perception from the public that the limits for contributions are way too high," Rotrand says. "With all that we've been hearing for the past month [at the Charbonneau Commission hearings], people feel this is a formula for people to give false names to contribute money."
Among other things, the party is also calling for changes to give municipalities more power over how contracts are awarded, and that a code of ethics be put in place for municipal politicians.
Rotrand says the measures come as a direct response to what's been coming out of the Charbonneau commission's hearings over the past month.
"We're taking the leadership. We're the first out of the gate to ask for a change in political party financing system. We made similar requests in 2010, and the government didn't listen to us."
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