Friday, November 2, 2012

Montreal budget standoff: what a governance crisis looks like

Mayors of montreal's island suburbs are refusing to endorse Montreal Mayor GĂ©rald Tremblay's 2013 municipal budget and the budget-approval process, due to " the deteriorating climate at Montreal city hall" according to the Gazette.

Radio Canada yesterday seemed to frame this pushback as a response to the increasing public mistrust of government in the midst of the Charbonneau commission that is finding corruption rampant all the way up the feeding chain of Quebec political office. It was in French so I may not have perfectly understood the report, but I would think that yes, when you're finding out daily just how high the cost of corruption is and that apparently all of your elected officials are interested in having their cut, when those same officials come round asking for tax dollars you don't feel so keen.

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