MONTREAL, May 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Early this afternoon, Richard Deschamps announced that Union Montréal would wind up its
operations. The party will be dissolved in the coming days, once the
legal and technical procedures have been completed.
"Unfortunately, without going over it all again, the testimony by
different witnesses at the Charbonneau Commission in recent months has
severely affected and badly tarnished the image of Union Montréal. All
the elected representatives who have stayed on and are here with me
today have continued to work with commitment and passion, as they
always have, for their respective boroughs and for all Montrealers,"
said Mr. Deschamps.
"After numerous meetings and discussions within the party's caucuses and
at the different levels, and after having heard the comments and
opinions of their fellow citizens and boroughs, the current elected
Union Montréal representatives have all agreed to tender their
"They have also agreed to initiate and take all the appropriate action
to dissolve Union Montréal.
"At the final executive committee meeting, I gave instructions and
orders backed up by resolutions to have the party's operations wound up
in accordance with the requirements of the DGEQ. The official agent has
been working closely with the DGEQ, which will have final
responsibility for closing the party's books in accordance with
recognized accounting standards and the governing legislation in this
respect. All the elected representatives also want all the monies
accumulated, after we have paid all our debts, to be returned to the
city of Montréal consolidated fund so that there can be no doubt in the
public mind. This means that the elected representatives here with me
are relinquishing a sum of money that could have been used to organize
the next election. We believe, however, that in the current context our
personal integrity and credibility are worth much more than any amount
of money amassed by a political party, even if that money has come from
legal fundraising activities since 2009.
"The Charbonneau Commission will continue its work over the coming weeks
and months. We await its final report with interest. We hope to find
out soon whether some unscrupulous and unethical individuals enriched
themselves from the Union Montréal party coffers, despite the audits
performed every year by well-known accounting firms.
"That will allow us to at least confirm the too-often forgotten fact
that many elected representatives and members who have worked within
Union Montréal have done so in good faith and for the benefit of their
"We have not taken this decision lightly. It is not easy to walk away
from 12 years of working with colleagues whose tremendous efforts and
many qualities we have always appreciated. However, we have to face the
facts and, because we are realists and pragmatists, we have reached
this unfortunate conclusion," said the former interim leader of Union
In the 2000s, the Quebec government decided to re-engineer the Quebec
municipal scene. This initially led to the merger of all the
municipalities on Montréal Island.
It also led to the birth of the Union des citoyens et des citoyennes de
l'île de Montréal. Gérald Tremblay, former provincial Minister of
Industry, Trade, Science and Technology, made the jump to municipal
politics. On August 26, 2001, the founding convention of the Union des
citoyens et des citoyennes de l'île de Montréal (UCIM) was held.
During the party's history, the Montréal electoral map has been
significantly redrawn on two occasions; it became a single city on
January 1, 2002.
In November 2005, Gérald Tremblay won a second term. He was elected for
a third time in 2009.
In 2007, the Union des citoyens et des citoyennes de l'île de Montréal
(UCIM) became Union Montréal.
A decade that transformed Montréal
"It must be recognized that we have some impressive achievements to our
credit, and we have reason to be proud of them. To name just a few: the
city's infrastructure was given particular attention, with some major
investments. The work was absolutely necessary following decades of
neglect. Public transit and active transportation have become essential
tools in Montréal's development. We increased the amount of green
space, and environmental issues are now taken into consideration in
everything we do. The Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre was
added to the Space for Life, which now includes the new Planetarium.
Montréal's cultural life has never been so vibrant and never have so
many creators chosen the city. The Acadie-Chabanel and Acadie-Bourassa
sectors, the Bassins du Nouveau Havre and Griffintown are all
rediscovering their past splendour. Other parts of the city will soon
be similarly revitalized.
"I salute Gérald Tremblay, with whom and thanks to whom we have
accomplished so much in recent years. I wish much success to all my
colleagues who will now be sitting as independents. I am convinced that
they will continue, in this very difficult context, to serve
Montrealers well because - call me an idealist - I know it is possible.
We will all be charting our own course. For my part, I intend to devote
myself to serving my fellow citizens of LaSalle who have done me the
honour of giving me the very great privilege of representing them - an
honour I strive to live up to every day," concluded Mr. Deschamps.
SOURCE: UNION MONTREAL
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