(Quebec) Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois will promise cities to reform the law on expropriation, and to give them the right of pre-emption, which would allow them to buy in priority certain buildings or land to carry out community projects.

Mr. Nadeau-Dubois will make the announcement during a speech he will deliver on Friday, at the annual meeting of the Union des municipalités du Québec.

“There is a new generation of elected municipal officials in power, who want to densify, who want to go green, who want to solve the housing crisis, but who are blocked by the CAQ. The message I have for this new generation is that we at QS are here to be your allies in the next election campaign, and if we form the next government,” says QS parliamentary leader in an interview with La Presse.

It thus responds to two historic requests from the UMQ. Mr. Nadeau-Dubois believes that the Quebec government is “slowing down municipalities rather than giving them the keys to change”.

Mr. Nadeau-Dubois was accompanied by Philippe Pagé, the mayor of Saint-Camille, in Estrie, and candidate of the left party in the riding of Richmond. Mr. Pagé, who is also the general manager of the Fédération de lalève agricole du Québec. He was also political attaché to PQ Health Minister Réjean Hébert from 2012 to 2013.

Mr. Pagé is well aware of the challenges of small municipalities, and he believes that these two tools will allow cities to be better equipped to take back control of their development, which is currently in the hands of “developers”.

Like Catherine Fournier in Longueuil, Stéphane Boyer in Laval and Julie Bourdon in Granby, who all believe that the densification of cities is necessary to fight against climate change, Mr. Pagé also contributed to the book 11 brief essays for resilient cities. and durable.

During its meeting, the Union of Municipalities will explore two major themes: the housing crisis and the fight against climate change. She estimates that there is a lack of between 40,000 and 60,000 dwellings in Quebec to find a point of balance.

Québec solidaire resumes its promise to build 50,000 social housing units, specifying that these will be units built by non-profit organizations. Mr. Nadeau-Dubois did not want to detail the invoice for this promise or its timetable, which will be known later. But he promises to “reinvent the model”. “We don’t just need housing for single people, we don’t just need low-income housing. We need middle-class housing,” he said.

https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/politique/2022-05-12/quebec-solidaire-fait-deux-promesses-aux-villes.php

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