Municipal year 2019 in quotes

Back on the key quotes from municipal news in 2019.
“We knew that the tram project had been done on a corner of the table. We found the napkin. ”

– The head of Quebec 21, Jean-François Gosselin, following an article which titled that “the City of Quebec chose with thin studies” between a metro and a tram. January 9, 2019

“Everything has to be done. We are in a national capital which, in terms of image, has not achieved much to date with the reconciliation exercise. ”

– The leader of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Konrad Sioui, disappointed not to obtain the support of the City of Quebec for the acquisition of abandoned National Defense land along Boulevard Hochelaga. Mayor Régis Labeaume also covets this space for residential development. January 24, 2019

“We’re going to attack the crab I have in my body. It’s more ugly than I expected. ”

– Régis Labeaume who first opened his prostate cancer. March 18, 2019

“[I have] a hard time giving a little credibility to this person.”

– The president of the RTC, Rémy Normand, responded to the CEO of Revenu Quebec, Carl Gauthier. The latter had expressed his disappointment that the route of the tram does not pass in front of the head office on rue de Marly. Mr. Normand replied that Revenu Québec had ended an incentive program for public transportation for its employees because it was “too difficult to administer”. Later, he qualified his remarks by specifying that he gave little credibility “to his approach”. June 11, 2019

“I was determined to get to the bottom of this file, convinced that the complaints were unfounded, far-fetched and fueled by a feeling of revenge.”

– The mayor of Lévis, Gilles Lehouillier, learned that the three complaints of psychological harassment filed against him were inadmissible. The Commission for Standards, Fairness, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) invoked the exceeding of the limitation period to close the files. June 10, 2019

“Burn one’s boats”

– The lawyer specializing in municipal affairs, Me François Marchand, in court to prevent Quebec City from demolishing the building that housed the public market in the Old Port before it closed in June. Without a building, it can never hope to reopen all year round. The court finally ruled in favor of the City. June 20, 2019

“We are asking the government to prove to us that we have a net gain, especially in traffic. It’s primordial.”

“This is excellent news, for sure, which will make it possible to improve the flow of traffic and, above all, improve the public transport network.”

– The first is Régis Labeaume, the second, Gilles Lehouillier. The two mayors reacted very differently to the announcement of the tunnel project between Quebec and Lévis made a few days earlier by the Minister of Transport, François Bonnardel. July 2019

“If he can’t change his tone, let’s change the spokesperson.” If he changes his tone, we’ll see. ”

– Democracy Quebec (DQ) advisor, Jean Rousseau, attacked the “vitriolic” tone of the president of the RTC and spokesperson for the tramway project, Rémy Normand. During the year, several criticized him for scathing aftershocks towards citizens at information meetings on the tram, merchants on the route de l’Église and the CEO of Revenu Québec. August 22, 2019

“I wish it from the bottom of my heart that it doesn’t happen. I find it dangerous. I find it useless. ”

– Mayor Régis Labeaume promised fierce opposition to any private casino project in the Huron-Wendat nation for fear of an increase in crime. And this, even if the great chief Konrad Sioui refuted the information according to which he was going to build a casino in Sainte-Foy, in the event that the federal government cedes to him the vacant lands of National Defense on Boulevard Hochelaga. September 16, 2019

“I sincerely apologize to you for the inconvenience this situation may have caused. I have a special thought for all the people who could have embarrassed this situation. ”

– Public apologies from the mayor of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Émile Loranger, suspended 60 days by the Quebec Municipal Commission for breaches of the code of ethics after having participated in a vote concerning him during the municipal council of December 11, 2018. September 24, 2019

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