Projet Montreal opposition livid over city's funding reform plans

Rosemont mayor is even threatening a demerger referendum

The opposition Projet Montreal party is hopping mad with Montreal mayor Denis Coderre right now.

The Projet mayor of the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough says he wants to hold a demerger referendum.

And the party's leader is comparing the mayor to Rob Ford.

On Tuesday, mayor Denis Coderre unveiled a new way to finance the city's 19 boroughs in 2015. Some services that had been managed by the boroughs — including parking, garbage collection and roadwork on main arteries — will be taken over by the city.

The result of the reform is a $18.6 million increase to the boroughs over a 10 year period.

But while just over half the boroughs will get more money, the others will get less.

The committee behind the new reform looked at 12 factors in each borough to calculate how much they spent in 2012-2013 and determined how much they should receive.

The borough with the biggest increase is LaSalle with 21.7 percent more funding, Pierrefonds-Roxboro follows with 11.1 percent more and Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve with 8.2 percent more.

Those with the biggest cuts to funding are Outremont with 19.3 percent less, followed by Ville-Marie with 13.7 percent less and the Plateau-Mont-Royal with 11.1 percent less.

In a news conference, Projet leader Richard Bergeron said Coderre accomplished for Montreal what Rob Ford did for Toronto.

"There's not just one king in Montreal, there are 19 boroughs and 19 borough mayors with real powers," Bergeron says. "This he will have to learn."

The mayor of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Francois Croteau, even threatened to hold a demerger referendum.

Coderre says the increase won’t mean higher taxes.

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  1. Paul posted on 07/08/2014 04:01 PM
    The people of Montreal need new tools so that mayors like Gerald Tremblay and Denis Coderre can be removed from power quickly.
  2. JohnH- posted on 07/08/2014 04:16 PM
    Maybe if some of these people had a better attendance record at city hall they might had seen this coming. You thing?
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