FQM hopes regional issues at heart of changes
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.