UMQ wel­comes new Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Affairs

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Suzanne Roy, the pres­i­dent of the Union des mu­nic­i­palites du Que­bec (UMQ), con­grat­u­lates the new Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Affairs and the Oc­cu­pa­tion of Ter­ri­tory, Martin Coi­teux, and as­sures him of the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the UMQ. Im­por­tant work is presently un­der­way for the fu­ture of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, no­tably the Loi sur les gou­verne­ments de prox­imite et de la re­vi­sion du cadre des re­la­tions du tra­vail, and the pres­i­dent is happy to be able to count on a Min­is­ter with ex­pe­ri­ence. The UMQ also con­grat­u­lates all the new mem­bers of the Cab­i­net and rec­og­nizes the con­tri­bu­tion of Min­is­ter Pierre Moreau .

This reshuf­fling of Cab­i­net will give new life to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment with the nom­i­na­tion of Do­minique Anglade in the po­si­tion of Min­is­ter of the Econ­omy and Lise The­ri­ault as Min­is­ter of re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The UMQ would like to re­it­er­ate its mes­sage al­ready com­mu­ni­cated to the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance re­gard­ing the pre-bud­getary con­sul­ta­tions, and that it is ur­gent to put in place the Fonds Chantiers Canada-Que­bec (FCCQ). Launched in April of 2014, the FCCQ grants to Que­bec more than $1.6 bil­lion to fi­nance in­fra­struc­ture projects. More than two years have passed and no projects have be­gun. “Dozens of mu­nic­i­pal projects are ready to get started and will gen­er­ate eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in all re­gions of Que­bec. I be­lieve that the Que­bec econ­omy can­not pass up this es­sen­tial lever. In this con­text, I in­vite the mem­bers of the new Cab­i­net to de­lib­er­ate quickly on this ques­tion,” added the pres­i­dent of the UMQ.

Ms. Roy hopes to con­tinue her col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­is­ter of the en­vi­ron­ment, David Heur­tel. “Since the sum­mit on cli­mate change held in Paris in De­cem­ber, the UMQ has con­tin­ued its lead­er­ship on the sub­ject. I in­vite Min­is­ter Heur­tel to the im­por­tant fo­rum on cli­mate change that the UMQ is or­ga­niz­ing for May 13th,” con­cluded Ms. Roy.

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