“An important step towards greater municipal autonomy,” rejoices Mayor Westram
The mayor of Rosemère, Eric Westram, has joined the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) in welcoming Bill 22 on expropriation, introduced by the Quebec government on May 25th.
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Bill 22 allows, following the expropriation of residences, a compensation of up to $20,000 for personal value to the owner and up to $5,000 for disturbance, annoyance, and inconvenience.
“The introduction of this bill is an important milestone in the issue of municipal autonomy, a longstanding request from municipalities through, among others, the Union des municipalités du Québec, our association representing us to the government. It is an important tool in urban planning, particularly in the context of combating climate change and housing shortages,” explained Mayor Westram.
He also emphasized the great listening and, above all, the action taken by Prime Minister François Legault, Minister of Transportation and Sustainable Mobility Geneviève Guilbault, as well as Groulx MP and Minister of Finance Eric Girard, in relation to this crucial issue for the sound management of Quebec’s municipalities.
The devil is in the details
While pleased to see this important matter progressing, the mayor mentioned his desire to wait for the final text of the law and its adoption before further commenting: “As the saying goes, the devil is in the details! I have tasked our team with closely following the issue in order to fully understand the ins and outs of the current project, as well as the parliamentary work that will have an impact on the finer details of the law, if it were to be officially adopted as announced.”
In conclusion, Mayor Westram emphasizes that this new law, once in effect, will be another tool at the disposal of the city to build a proud, green, and prosperous community in Rosemère.