The leader of the official opposition in Quebec City Council, Claude Villeneuve, did not mince his words when attacking the “credibility” of Mayor Bruno Marchand on the issue of air quality in the Lower Town.
Recall that last winter, the Vieux-Limoilou Environment Ministry measured three significant exceedances of the nickel standard. The violations occurred just days after a sampling campaign carried out by Quebec City in the industrial zone that includes the incinerator, the White Birch pulp and paper mill and port facilities.
This week, Bruno Marchand claimed to be unaware of the excesses revealed by Radio-Canada.
According to Claude Villeneuve, this file is very similar to that of Medicago, where the mayor stated that it was not “necessary” to be informed of the company’s financial difficulties.
Quebec government ministers seem to treat the Quebec mayor like an orange cone. You can circle a cone.
He also called the mayor
enough towards the Quebec government and now fears the city will be ignored in other matters.
Still waiting for answers
Following the statement by the Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charette, who admitted that he knew that nickel standards had been exceeded, Claude Villeneuve is awaiting the mayor’s reaction.
We don’t know if it bothers him, we don’t know if he’s angry about it, we don’t know if he wants a change, but all we know is that he didn’t know. launched today at the town hall.
Villeneuve urged the mayor to take a position on the matter, otherwise his silence could be interpreted as an admission of
complicity in the cover-up.
The Quebec mayor was not available for an interview Friday. As of this writing, the mayor’s office has not yet responded to our request to provide a statement.
lack of political weight
The elected member of the Quebec Priority Team, Stevens Mélançon, criticized the
lack of leadership by Bruno Marchand on file.
In a fit of nostalgia, he even compared the current mayor to previous administrations, including that of Régis Labeaume.
The mayor who preceded him was a visionary mayor, he was a proactive mayor, despite the reservations I have. But the former mayor would never have allowed himself to be treated like that. It would have been an incredible war. Mélançon concluded.