New in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal com­mit­tee to wel­come Syr­ian refugees

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

In­order to ef­fec­tively co­or­di­nate the ar­rival of thou­sands of Syr­ian refugees to Que­bec, the Cau­cus of large cities of the Union des mu­nic­i­pal­ités du Québec (UMQ) has ini­ti­ated the cre­ation of an in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal com­mit­tee to be the guar­an­tor re­gard­ing Que­bec and Ot­tawa in this file. This de­ci­sion was taken dur­ing a tele­phone meet­ing be­tween the may­ors of Mon­treal and Que­bec and the may­ors of the ma­jor­ity of cities that will be wel­com­ing Syr­ian refugees.

At that time, the cities re­it­er­ated their firm com­mit­ment to fully con­trib­ute to the suc­cess of the col­lec­tive wel­com­ing ef­fort, and at the same time ex­pressed the ur­gency that gov­ern­ments of prox­im­ity be part of the ac­tion plan. The may­ors want to as­sure

co­he­sion in this im­por­tant op­er­a­tion with the gov­ern­ments of Ot­tawa and Que­bec, as well as with the mul­ti­tude of com­mu­nity in­ter­venors. This will re­quire ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion, in real time, be­tween all lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

“It will be the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties who will in­te­grate th­ese new ar­rivals and as gov­ern­ments of prox­im­ity, we must be con­sulted and in­formed of the mea­sures that will be put in place. It will be this in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal com­mit­tee who will work with Que­bec and Ot­tawa con­cern­ing the ques­tions of fi­nanc­ing and ac­com­pa­ni­ment. The cities are the first line for the dif­fer­ent in­ter­venors, and long af­ter the ar­rival of the refugees. We there­fore want to be ad­e­quately sup­ported to as­sure the in­te­gra­tion of th­ese ar­rivals,” ex­plained the pres­i­dent of the Cau­cus des gran­des villes and the mayor of Longueuil, Caro­line St-Hi­laire. The UMQ will put in place a tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee to as­sure the co­or­di­na­tion be­tween all the mem­ber cities in this file: Gatineau, Laval, Longueuil, Mon­treal, Que­bec, Sher­brooke, Brossard, Drummondville, Granby, Joli­ette, Saint-Hy­acinthe, Sain­tJérôme and Vic­to­ri­av­ille.

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