Fifteen mayors in Quebec have asked Thursday in an open letter to Quebec a green stimulus and solidarity once the health crisis has passed.
The “crisis prompts us to be creative, to challenge ourselves and we imagine we under stronger, more solid and better armed to face what the future holds for us yet, even as the climate crisis and the growth of social inequalities are still part of our landscape,” one can read in the letter signed among others by the mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante, the mayor of Québec, Régis Labeaume, and Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, mayor of Gatineau.
The signatories of the letter reminded the prime minister François Legault that it is at their level of government that can be measured the more the impacts of the health crisis and the recovery to come. “It is at the municipal level and local level that will make the most of the stimulus measures, the reopening of shops and services, large parks, the recovery of the public transport and the implementation of measures of social distancing. It is also our scale that is live new habits of life and consumption”, as the initiatives of urban agriculture and buying local.
These transformations will have to occur within a framework of solidarity and environmentalist, believe the signatories, and should direct public action in the coming years. “The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the strengthening of our social fabric, must systematically include in our grid of analysis for future investment,” particularly in the renovation and construction of new collective infrastructure and social housing, and in the renovation of buildings.
The position of the 15 mayors is added to that of the 15th economic leaders and trade union who had already published last April a similar application of green stimulus.
Open letter of 15 leaders in the municipal world
Out of the crisis stronger, more cohesive and more green
We live in an unprecedented crisis. The pandemic tests our resilience as our response capacity on the ground, where the needs are the greatest. It reveals our strengths — many, including the exceptional solidarity of Quebecers — but also our weaknesses, as demonstrated tragically the impacts of the health crisis and economic on our citizens and on our communities most vulnerable.
It is necessary to take care of our world, of those who have lost their employment, who have temporarily the key in the door of their trade or their company, our eldest. es that didn’t deserve to finish their days in anguish and isolation, and our young people are already worried about the future. We need to find, air, to re-establish our links with neighbours and with nature.
The crisis destabilizes us, we push back our boundaries and enter uncharted waters. She inspires us to be creative, to challenge ourselves and we imagine we under stronger, more solid and better armed to face what the future holds for us yet, even as the climate crisis and the growth of social inequalities are still part of our landscape. It allows us to imagine a new normal greener, more prosperous and more inclusive.
The answer to the pandemic is the first priority in the municipal world. The crisis creates issues huge health and public safety, social and economic support to people in need. Our social services ‘ front lines, our public spaces such as parks and municipal facilities, our services, highway maintenance, police and planning are directly involved. It is at the municipal level and local level that will make the most of the stimulus measures, the reopening of shops and services, large parks, the recovery of the public transport and the implementation of measures of social distancing. It is also our scale that is live new habits of life and consumption, such as the resurgence of the agriculture of proximity, and a return to the activities of the neighbourhood, at the scale of communities and neighborhoods. This is also where we need to strengthen the social safety net — in terms of housing, homelessness and support to our children and our elders. es, including.
Already, the municipal world has put the game through its collections, many proposals of such a nature as to allow us an exit from the crisis, which reinforces the broad consensus that economic, environmental and social which we have reached in recent years.
These proposals are anchored in the reality of each of the regions of Quebec, must be supported by governments. We need to capitalize on those who live in our communities and highlight the specific characteristics of land. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the strengthening of our social fabric, must systematically include in our grid of analysis for future investments, in particular in the support of our commercial streets and nuclei villagers, the development of public and active transportation, the repair of roads, the promotion of local purchasing, the renovation of buildings, development of heritage, development of eco-districts, beautification of public spaces, the construction and renovation of social and affordable housing as well as access to digital infrastructure. This crisis we are in is also a valuable opportunity to build on the sustainable development of our environments.
Quebec is currently trying the first steps of déconfinement. We all work to stabilize our lives and those of our communities. Soon we will also have to make choices about the suites that we want to give, and that, together, create a new normal. The culture of social dialogue is both a strength and a source of pride in Quebec. We, the mayors and mairesses of several regions, add our voice to the 15 leaders of economic, social, labour and environmental, which have recently written to prime minister François Legault to propose a stimulus that is solidary, prosperous and green.
This vision, shared by the vast majority of Quebecers. are everywhere in Quebec, is also ours.
Let’s work together to achieve it.
- André Bellavance, mayor of Victoriaville
- Caryl Green, mayor, Chelsea
- Charles Breton, mayor of Tadoussac
- Geneviève Dubois, mayor, Nicolet
- Jérôme Landry, mayor, Matane
- Kathy Poulin, mayor, Val-David
- Marc-André Plante, mayor of Terrebonne
- Mathieu Lapointe, mayor, Carleton-sur-Mer
- Maude Laberge, mayor, Sainte-Martine
- Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, mayor of Gatineau
- Normand Dyotte, mayor of Candiac
- Philippe Pagé, mayor, Saint-Camille
- Régis Labeaume, mayor, Québec city
- Valérie Plante, mayor, Montreal
- Vicki May Hamm, mayor of Magog