Many discussions took place during this period, but it’s clear the solution chosen by the Government of Quebec in 2006, the creation of the Longueuil Urban Agglomeration, has not yielded the desired results. Whether we consider the financing of the agglomeration or the lack of transparency in decision-making, the past ten years of working within the Longueuil Urban Agglomeration have brought us to an impasse.
Chronology of Events
- In 2000, several cities on Montréal’s South Shore, including Boucherville, Brossard, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert, were merged into Longueuil by the adoption of Bill 170 on municipal reorganization.
- Transition Committees were created in 2001 to harmonize a number of municipal functions. In January 2002, we witnessed the birth of a new city named the Ville de Longueuil.
- In 2003, a new provincial government authorized referendums to be held on joining the new municipal entities created. This process was structured by Bill 9 which established the conditions for such referendums.
- An OECD research report established that mergers could cause long-term costs and that citizens’ influence within such entities would be reduced.
- On June 20, 2004, citizens of Boucherville, Brossard, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert voted to demerge from the new Ville de Longueuil and reconstitute their municipalities.
- The Longueuil Urban Agglomeration was created in 2006 to administer common services provided to the new Longueuil and the reconstituted municipalities.
- From the moment of its creation, the governance of the Agglomeration became an issue. The first budget of the Longueuil Urban Agglomeration was not endorsed by the mayors of the reconstituted municipalities.
- On December 11, 2014, during a press conference, the mayors clearly stated their dissatisfaction with respect to the Agglomeration’s operation, governance and financing methods.
- On May 14, 2015, a resolution was presented to the Agglomeration Council proposing the creation of an office to discuss the problems of governance, agree on actions to be taken under the jurisdiction of the Agglomeration Council, and propose required legislative changes to Minister Moreau. This resolution was cavalierly dismissed.