FQM likes new fed­eral bud­get

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The Fed­er­a­tion que­be­coise des mu­nic­i­palites (FQM) has re­sponded fa­vor­ably to the new Fed­eral bud­get, no­tably to the de­sire of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to in­crease its share of fi­nanc­ing to 50% for cer­tain in­fra­struc­ture work, and hopes that an agree­ment will be reached soon by the dif­fer­ent lev­els of gov­ern­ment so that work can be­gin promptly.

“We are happy to see the fed­eral gov­ern­ment rein­vest­ing in the main­te­nance of in­fra­struc­tures,” com­mented Richard Le­houx, the pres­i­dent of the FQM. “We will be watch­ing closely the de­ploy­ment of these pro­grams so that lo­cal and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties re­ceive their fair share of the avail­able sums.”

Also in the new bud­get is in­ter­net ac­cess wor­thy of the 21st cen­tury for all cit­i­zens. To get there, the gov­ern­ment will in­vest $100 mil­lion an­nu­ally in a new pro­gram to en­large and im­prove wide band ser­vices in ru­ral and iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties. “We are thrilled with the an­nounce­ment about qual­ity in­ter­net ser­vice in the re­gions. By tar­get­ing specif­i­cally ru­ral and iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties, the gov­ern­ment is show­ing a re­fresh­ing aware­ness with re­gards to the coun­try’s re­gions,” added Mr. Le­houx.

Two hun­dred mil­lion dol­lars an­nu­ally will go to sup­port in­no­va­tion in the forestry in­dus­try. Promised dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, this pro­gram will help with the mod­ern­iza­tion and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties in the forestry in­dus­try. The FQM has made sev­eral pre­sen­ta­tions about this and will fol­low the work to en­sure that the funds will fa­vor the eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the re­gions of Que­bec.

Many lo­cal and re­gional Que­bec com­mu­ni­ties are caught with port and air­port in­stal­la­tions that are in need of ma­jor main­te­nance. By in­vest­ing $148.6 mil­lion in the im­prove­ment of ports for small boats as well as the per­ma­nent wharf in­stal­la­tion projects, the piers, the break­wa­ters and the work to pro­tect shore­lines, the gov­ern­ment wants to im­prove the Cana­dian ports net­work. The FQM is pleased with this plan which will in­clude $6.7 mil­lion to re­new the Gros-Ca­couna port and $23 mil­lion to re­new ru­ral and iso­lated air­port struc­tures, no­table in the Iles-de-la-Madeleine.

The FQM also hails the gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to reestab­lish the fed­eral in­come tax credit of 15% for those who in­vest in the work­ers’ fund. This fund is an im­por­tant eco­nomic lever for many re­gions in Que­bec.

Fi­nally, the FQM sup­ports the Trudeau gov­ern­ment in its re­fi­nanc­ing of Ra­dioCanada. The qual­ity of the in­for­ma­tion broad­cast by the pub­lic broad­caster is in­ti­mately linked to its fi­nanc­ing, es­pe­cially when it comes to re­gional sta­tions that func­tion with lim­ited means. To this ef­fect, the FQM asks that the gov­ern­ment pri­or­i­tize a re­fi­nanc­ing of the re­gional sta­tions in or­der to main­tain lo­cal and re­gional qual­ity con­tent.

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