The first stand-off between newly-elected Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and the Parti Quebecois government may be over the creation of a corruption watchdog at city hall.
Coderre is determined to follow through on a campaign promise to name an inspector-general with power to root out wrongdoing.
The Marois government will table the necessary law in the National Assembly early next year.
However, La Presse is reporting that the watchdog won't have the teeth Coderre wanted because legal experts believe challenges would ensue.
They say no one working outside the judicial system is ever given sweeping and permanent powers of investigation.