FQM joins forces with Que­bec Min­is­ter

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The Fed­er­a­tion que­be­coise des mu­nic­i­palites (FQM) will be col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, Martin Coi­teux, to ask for more flex­i­bil­ity re­gard­ing the left­over funds from the New Building Canada Fund. Al­though many Cana­dian prov­inces have spent a large por­tion of the at­trib­uted sums, Que­bec has spent only $175 mil­lion.

“The FQM will join forces with the Min­is­ter and other part­ners from the mu­nic­i­pal world in or­der to ask for more flex­i­bil­ity on the part of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment when it comes to in­fra­struc­ture,” com­mented Richard Le­houx, pres­i­dent of the FQM. “We rec­og­nize that progress has been made, but it’s not enough.”

In the Morneau bud­get, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment widened the ap­pli­ca­tion process for the New Building Canada Fund to make it eas­ier for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to use the money. How­ever, the gov­ern­ment still does not al­low mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tions to use the money for the main­te­nance of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­tures. “The re­pair­ing of ac­tual in­stal­la­tions is the pri­or­ity for a large ma­jor­ity of the elected of­fi­cials of smaller com­mu­ni­ties. To prop­erly man­age the pub­lic cof­fers, it is es­sen­tial to main­tain ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­tures be­fore jump­ing into the con­struc­tion of new build­ings or in chang­ing the vo­ca­tion of struc­tures that weren’t de­signed to hold the ac­tiv­i­ties of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties,” said Mr. Le­houx.

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