Non-Mon­treal­ers de­serve a say, too

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

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


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