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Montreal mayor's party calls for party financing reforms

10/22/2012 01:47 EDT | Updated 12/22/2012 05:12 EST
The City of Montreal's ruling party will present a resolution to city council Monday, asking the provincial government for more legislative help to curb corruption — including reforming the way political parties are financed.

Two party stalwarts, Marvin Rotrand and Richard Deschamps, laid out the proposals Sunday, to the disbelief of opposition councillors, who said the governing party's anti-corruption plan comes "too little, too late."

The Union Montréal plan includes four main proposals:

- Reforming provincial legislation on the awarding of public works contracts, to close loopholes which could allow construction companies convicted of fraud to set up new companies to bid for contracts.

- Limiting individual donations to municipal parties to $200 annually, down from $1,000.

- New legislation to create a public financing system for municipal parties, much like the law that exists to finance provincial parties.

- Expanding the mandate of the Charbonneau commission into corruption in the construction industry, to look back more than 15 years.

Projet Montréal councillor François Croteau said Union Montréal's resolution isn't likely to garner much support on the opposition benches.

"Gérald Tremblay has no credibility to ask for this today, because he's done nothing [for] 10 years," Croteau said.

The likelihood of a cap on party finances is sure to have some impact on all municipal parties as they head into a 2013 fall election in Montreal.

In 2009, more than half of Union Montréal's individual donations surpassed $200, and more than 350 people donated their $1,000 limit.

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