Mayor Denis Coderre wants to see a "Montreal clause" put into a PQ bill that sets up the framework for suing companies that stole money from taxpayers.
"If we have that Montreal clause, we will be able to re-cooperate that money," said Montreal's mayor when he appeared this morning in front of the National Assembly hearings on bill 61.
Coderre disagrees with the province's plan to skim 20 percent off of out-of-court settlement to pay for legal costs. He says all of Montreal's share should be funnelled back to the city.
He also wants Montreal to have to power to launch its own lawsuits without seeking permission from the minister, and go after elected officials and employees.
And, though Coderre is not saying he'll use it, he is keenly aware that Montreal has the power to opt-out.
"We can do our own thing, but I believe we are aiming at the same goal."