Laval candidate slams PQ over trustee's new powers
A mayoral candidate in Laval is furious with the PQ government for what he says is an attempt to hijack democracy.
The city was placed under trusteeship in June following the arrest of former mayor Gilles Vaillancourt, but former Liberal MNA Jean-Claude Gobé says that the trustee is now being given too many powers and is unaccountable to voters.
It's been a wild year in Laval, with Vaillancourt's arrest on on gangsterism charges and the resignation of his successor Alexandre Duplessis due to a prostitution scandal.
But Gobé is convinced that the PQ is trying to influence local politics in the city by giving additional powers to the trustee overseeing the city's finances, including drawing up a budget for next year and hiring a general manager.
Gobe says elected officials should be in charge of the city's future, not a bureaucratic appointee.
Elected officials, he said, "have their own vision and their own projects for the city. I cannot accept this. It's a kidnapping of democracy."
Like every other municipality in Quebec, Laval will elect a new administration on November 3