Valérie Plante will put in place an accountability commission which will prevent overspending on city projects

Montreal - September 20th, 2017

In brief

The renovations of the Mordecai-Richler gazebo were supposed to cost $378,000 and be completed by 2014. They finally came to an end in 2017 at a cost of $724,000. In order to prevent another fiasco, Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and mayoral candidate will put in place an accountability commission at City Hall. This commission will bring about a culture of accountability which is greatly lacking in the city of Montreal.

Highlights

- Projet Montréal will put in place an accountability commission which will oversee big projects during their planning and during their development in order to stop cost increases and to ensure a well-done job in each case.

- The commission will be tasked to investigate smaller projects who have gone over budget or are overdue with the goal to give recommendations so that past mistakes are not repeated.

- The commission will work in partnership with the Commission d’examen des contrats which studies certain projects, but which cannot investigate contracts after they have been awarded.

- Experts will sit on the commission, as well as elected officials in order to make sure decisions aren’t made in a vacuum.

Quotes

"We need to manage Montrealers money efficiently and transparently. We cannot accept projects like the Mordecai-Richler gazebo which cost double the initial costs and came in three years behind schedule. We cannot accept that the city invests 24 million dollars of public funds on Formula E without adequate results or explanations as to why the results weren’t satisfactory. We cannot accept that the bill for the Montreal soccer stadium jumps from 28 M$ to 52M$ without anybody being held accountable. The Commission on accountability will bring about a culture of accountability in the city of Montreal."  - Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and mayoral candidate

"We want to protect taxpayers from projects with cost overruns and significant delays. By monitoring big projects during their conception and development, and by studying cases that have gone over budget or are overdue, the commission of accountability will prevent nasty surprises, prevent mistakes from being repeated and save the city time and money." - Jabiz Sharifian, city council candidate for the district of Peter-McGill in Ville-Marie

 

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