Careless Spending from Montreal Mayor Needs to End

by hunter_c on January 21, 2016 - 11:36am

On January 19th, 2016 an article from the Montréal Gazette written by Linda Gyulai titled, “Coderre hired pal at $670 a day to work for city in negotiations with police” was published, shedding some light onto some of the monetary issues that the Québec people may face as a result from their governments careless spending. The city of Montréal hired the friend of Mayor Denis Coderre as a “labour negotiation consultant” and decided to pay him upwards of $650 a day to do said job. Coderre’s friend, a man named Robert Bouvier, billed the city of Montréal a whopping $22,827 for one month’s work, which lasted from late November 2015 to December 31st, 2015. The contract in which he was hired to work for was to represent the city of Montréal in negotiations with the Montréal Police Brotherhood. When asked by the Journal de Montréal about the ethical perspective of hiring a friend and paying them a large sum of money, Coderre attempted to defend himself by saying,” He’s a friend, but above all he’s an expert.” Another concerning aspect of this story is since Robert Bouvier’s contract was less than $25,000 (it was $24,999.99 to be exact) it slipped under the radar and was not detected by Projet Montréal.

Apparently this is not the first time Mayor Denis Coderre has pulled one of these stunts, the article points out that in 2014 Coderre granted $20,000 to one of the lawyers that worked for him in the 2013 municipal election campaign, and he also signed a contract on November 25th, 2015 to a man named Michel Dorais, which would pay him $1,800 a day as a federal immigration minister. As Guillaume Lavoie from Projet Montréal said, which sums up the general public’s opinion on this issue, “It’s very careless with public dollars to hire people who are close to him to do a job that we have scores of people (at the city) to do.”

Since this seems to be a reoccurring issue, it may be in the best interest of Montréal residents to not re-elected Mr. Coderre as their mayor and perhaps to protest, write letters, etc to their government to show their disapproval of this pattern of reckless spending.


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This is a really good summary. I strongly agree that these spending are a waste of the taxes money. While a lot of people are living in the streets, due to a lack of government funds in homeless shelter as Accueil Bonneau (see the link for more information), Maire Coderre is spending big money on lawyers and labour negotiation consultant. It is sad to see that the priorities of the different governments of Canada (provincial and federal) are not at the right place, based on society's will and mostly on moral. If the money could be took in charge by people who actually want a better society, I believe things could be better for Canadian who struggle surviving.