Minister calls in auditor for Laval
Minister Sylvain Gaudreault is sending an auditor to watch the Laval administration over the next year.
"It's very very important because there's a lack of confidence between the administration and the citizens of Laval," Gaudreault says.
The auditor has a mandate to follow the city on all areas of its management, especially the awarding of contracts, city planning, and real estate transactions.
No one for Montreal
Gaudreault says an auditor is not needed to monitor the city of Montreal. "A major difference is that in Montreal there's an opposition, while in Laval there isn't."
But, the two main opposition parties argue the problem does not begin and end with the elected officials.
"If it's good for Laval, it's probably good for Montreal also. It's not just a matter of who is elected in a city. It's the administration also," says interim Liberal leader Jean-Marc Fournier.
The CAQ has been demanding that the Parti Quebecois appoint an inspector or agent to monitor activities in the two cities, starting with Montreal last week when Gerald Tremblay resigned.
Until today, the Parti Quebecois had brushed off the idea: "A chaperon is not at all in the cards for the moment, neither in Montreal nor in Laval," the municipal affairs minister said last Friday. "Nothing indicates that we should do that."
The CAQ leader François Legault calls today's move another PQ "flip flop."