Electoral map reform worries Montreal borough and municipality mayors – Montreal

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A coalition of Montreal borough and municipality mayors are calling the Director General of Election Quebec’s choice to redistribute provincial ridings a disturbance of Montreal’s herbal communities.

The mayors calling the verdict into query are Côte-des-Neiges-Nôtre-Dame-de-Grâce’s Russell Copeman, Town of Mount Royal’s mayor Philippe Roy, Côte Saint-Luc’s Mitchell Brownstein, Hampstead’s William Steinberg, and Outremont’s Marie Cinq-Mars.

“We have many specific communities and they had a stronger voice when the riding was of a reasonable size,” Brownstein stated.

On March 2, Elections Quebec introduced within the province’s reputable gazette that it could move forward with plans to merge the ridings of Outremont and Mount Royal.

The provincial using of Mount Royal has existed since 1912.

They additionally made up our minds to increase the bounds of D’Arcy McGee to incorporate portions of Côte-des-Neiges-Nôtre-Dame-de-Grâce.

“The island of Montreal is losing yet again another seat,” Copeman stated. “Since 1992, every redistribution of seats in the national assembly, the island of Montreal has lost one or more seats.”

Its choice, mayors say, will water down the worth in their votes.

“By diluting the voice, you’re diluting the strength and the words of those people in that community,” Brownstein stated.

Meanwhile, additionally they declare that because the vote is getting weaker, their populations are getting larger as Côte-des-Neiges-Nôtre-Dame-de-Grâce and Town of Mount Royal have main housing initiatives within the works.

The new map isn’t but in impact, and that’s why they hope to prevent it.

The mayors talked a few lawsuit however stopped in need of announcing they’d lead the fee.

“A judicial recourse against another public body is not in the best interest of the population,” Copeman stated. “As I am often reminded, the money comes from the same pocket.”

Instead, municipal officers will beef up voters who’re antagonistic to the plans, together with Côte-des-Neiges-Nôtre-Dame-de-Grâce councillor Marvin Rotrand.

“The next step will be to give people a voice. That’s why we have called a public meeting on the 21st of March,” Rotrand stated.

The new map will likely be enforced via the following basic election in 2018.

Elections Quebec stated the brand new map has been within the works since 2014, and easiest replicate communities throughout Quebec.

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