Green vote, vote for communities - The Greens want a restructuration of the agglomeration council of Montréal.

    MONTREAL, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Green Party of Quebec (GPQ)
supports a greater devolution of power to the people of the municipalities
that make up the Island of Montreal's Agglomoration Council (as well as other
cities having been subject to forced mergers). The GPQ feels that the current
structure of the agglomoration council should be redesigned to meet the
requirements of two fundamental values of the Party:

    1) the decentralization of power to regional and local structures,

    2) a decisional structure that involves more participative democracy and
       better reflects the will of the population.

    Projet Montréal proposes that all elected representatives hold a seat at
the agglomoration council. The GPQ believes that this measure would help limit
the the problem of concentration of power within the executive committee of
the governing party.
    The municipal referendums held during the outgoing government's mandate
required a 35% participation rate for a demerger to be accepted by the Quebec
government. This process should be reinnitiated in a manner that more truly
reflects the will of the population of the municipalities subjected to the
mergers. In keeping with the concept of interdependance, we would like to
emphasize the fact that all municipalities should pay their fair share of the
collective infrastructure of the Montreal area such as public transit, etc.
    Scott McKay, the leader of the Green Party of Quebec, will be available
to answer questions on this topic. You can also contact Patrick Daoust, the
spokesperson for this issue of The Green Party of Quebec.

For further information:

For further information: Hervé Jodoin, Parti vert du Québec, (514)
839-4898; Patrick Daoust, Candidat vert Westmount-Saint-Louis, (514) 659-7786

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