FQM hopes re­gional is­sues at heart of changes

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The Fed­er­a­tion que­be­coise des mu­nic­i­palites (FQM) wel­comes newly nom­i­nated Min­is­ter Martin Coi­teux to the mu­nic­i­pal world. As the Min­is­ter of mu­nic­i­pal affairs and the oc­cu­pa­tion of ter­ri­tory, Mr. Coi­teux will have to con­tinue the work of the writ­ing of the new law on mu­nic­i­pal gov­er­nance, a law whose adop­tion would con­sti­tute a long-awaited govern­ment in­volve­ment.

“We wel­come Min­is­ter Coi­teux and hope to meet with him soon in or­der to dis­cuss his vi­sion on dif­fer­ent files as well as on the pri­or­i­ties of the re­gions of Que­bec,” com­mented Richard Le­houx, the pres­i­dent of the FQM.

How­ever, the Fed­er­a­tion is dis­ap­pointed about the ab­sence of a min­istry specif­i­cally cre­ated for re­gional is­sues. The nom­i­na­tion of a Min­is­ter for the re­gions, as asked for by the com­mu­nity, would have been prefer­able to giv­ing the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of mu­nic­i­pal affairs, the oc­cu­pa­tion of ter­ri­tory and pub­lic se­cu­rity to just one Min­is­ter.

Fi­nally, the FQM sees the ar­rival of Pierre Moreau to the po­si­tion of Min­is­ter of Education and Higher Learn­ing in a pos­i­tive light. His knowl­edge of re­gional needs and the mu­nic­i­pal world will cer­tainly be a plus for the re­gions in the pro­ject to re­form the school boards.

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