Quebec's mayors say it's time to shift focus away from sovereignty and the chartand on to "real issues" like their looming infrastructure burden and pension deficits.
About 20 mayors held a press conference today, in conjunction with the UMQ.
They're pushing provincial candidates to address their issues in this week's upcoming debate, and when they arrive at summit on municipalities this Friday.
"Otherwise it will be more and more taxes that will be added to what's already done," says the mayor of Rivière-Rouge, Déborah Bélanger.
Montreal has 16 billion dollars worth of infrastructure spending to cover, and an accumulated deficit in their employee pension plan of 2.1 Billion dollars.
"It's not even funny anymore," says Denis Coderre.
Among their demands, they want Labour minister Agnes Maltais' bill dealing with the pension plans to be re-tabled when the National Assembly re-starts its work.
They want it to be modified to deal with the deficits accumulated in the past, something the Parti Quebecois has not yet committed to. And, they want the bill to become law by this June.