How can we explain why Brossard, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert often pay double for similar services compared to Repentigny, Sainte-Julie or La Prairie, which have respectively comparable populations? The possible explanation lies in the governance problems of the Longueuil Urban Agglomeration compared to the more equitable Regional County Municipalities (MRC) model.
For example, each resident of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville paid $728 in 2015 for assessment, police, fire, and public transit services. For equivalent services, Sainte-Julie residents paid $353. For the municipality of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, the total is a huge difference of $10 million.
Below, you will find comparisons of financial statements between the three cities of Brossard, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert and the three cities of Repentigny, Sainte-Julie and La Prairie, respectively.
In October 2016, Robert Gagné, economist and HEC professor, published an independent report on the effects of “Mergers and Demergers”. The Gagné report from the Centre for Productivity and Prosperity is clear: when the effects of “merger-demergers” are evaluated by comparing the before-merger per capita expenditures of the reconstituted municipalities to those observed after the demergers, Boucherville, Brossard, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert are the big losers. Below, you will find the Gagné report which provides more information.