Montreal will get special status

For the moment, it's not clear exactly what that will mean

A bill will be written to give Montreal special status.

Municipal Affairs Minister Pierre Moreau confirmed it to Mayor Denis Coderre in their first meeting at city hall Tuesday morning.

Minister Moreau said he'll be working with Robert Poeti, the minister in charge of Montreal and transport, and Mayor Coderre to define what Montreal's special status will be and how it will work. 

A committee of provincial and municipal experts will also be consulted.

“We are ready to work together, to define what is the metropolis status that we want,” minister Moreau said. 

Moreau wouldn't give a clear timeline.  He said it took two years to write the bill for Toronto's special status and he's confident it won't take longer than that. 

“I’m not saying that it will take two years but we will work at a steady pace, together.”

Mayor Coderre was thrilled about their "productive" meeting. 

“There’s a total connection between the government of Quebec and the city of Montreal and as a metropolis it’s great news for all citizens,” Coderre said. 

During the meeting they also confirmed that Montreal will be getting an inspector-general.

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  1. CDU posted on 04/29/2014 06:54 PM
    First on the list: give Montreal bilingual status once and for all. Even Gilles Duceppe said "Everyone knows Montreal is a bilingual city."
  2. lena73 posted on 04/29/2014 07:14 PM
    ya, as long as we don't have to pay more taxes as a result of this.
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