The federal government’s minister of Montreal, Jean-François Lisée, spoke to the media asserting that he is extremely worried about all the allegations of corruption from all key officers of Montreal and Laval. Lisée asserted that he believes Montreal and Laval are in a state of political crisis, and perhaps the provincial government cannot really do anything in order to let go of its mayors.
Lisée stated that the “elected officials, the municipal [councils] are working,” and the “decisions are being made. The only question left is the moral authority of the mayor of Montreal and that’s a question only he can answer.” Lisée, along with several provincial MNAs, have posed to be very concerned of the situation in Montreal while they were going to attend the PQ caucus meeting in Drummondville on Thursday morning. These statements are officiated only a day after the long-time mayor of Quebec’s third largest city resigned temporarily due to health reasons while several authorities were on to him for targeting Gilles Vaillancourt’s assets.
Sylvain Gaudreault, Municipal Affairs Minister, asserted that he welcomes Vaillancourt’s decision. He stated that “It’s the reason he gave and I respect it.” He further added that “what matters to me is what happens for the citizens of Laval.” Gaudreault has yet to inform his officials in Laval, but he promises to do everything in his power to “make things better.” He pointed out that the government shall allow the corruption commission to do its work, stating that “we’re going to take their recommendations and propose changes.”
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