The Association of Suburban Mayors representing the 15 demerged municipalities on the Island of Montreal today made public their brief opposing the Charter of Quebec Values proposed by the Marois government.

This plan reveals a conscious denial of the multicultural reality of Montreal and will only lead to division and exclusion, the ASM said. The plan threatens the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

The Association of Suburban Municipalities (ASM) suggests that the Marois government focus instead on pressing problems such as Quebec’s spiralling debt, crumbling infrastructure, and stagnating economy.

Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather has played a key role in the ASM’s opposition to the charter along with his counterpart Mayor Philippe Roy of TMR. With an expected election call this week hearings on the charter would be suspended and the ASM brief not presented, in person, at this time. Nonetheless, it is important for the position of the demerged cities to be made available to the public prior to an election which will hinge upon the PQ government’s dreadful draft law.

The ASM represents 15 municipalities on the Island of Montreal, with an approximate population of 242,600 citizens. These municipalities are Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Côte-Saint-Luc, Pointe-Claire, Kirkland, Westmount, Beaconsfield, Town of Mount Royal, Dorval, Hampstead, Montreal West, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Baie-D’Urfé, Montreal East, Senneville and Dorval Island.

Read the full brief.