Non-Montrealers deserve a say, too
As a resident of Kirkland, I am resentful that I could not go out and vote for either Valérie Plante or Denis Coderre.
Although Kirkland is a separate city, approximately 50 per cent of our municipal taxes go toward the agglomeration council of the island of Montreal.
Kirkland has a seat on this council, but reconstituted cities are in a minority and hold no power over decisions. This basically means half of my municipal taxes are controlled by Montreal politicians, whom I cannot democratically hold accountable.
The American Revolutionary War slogan “no taxation without representation” comes to mind.
Ben Koorengevel, Kirkland