CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

March 17, 2005 12:44 ET

The Executive Committee Recommends the Adoption of the City of Montreal's Policy on Public Consultation and Participation


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MARCH 17, 2005 - 12:44 ET

The Executive Committee Recommends the Adoption of the
City of Montreal's Policy on Public Consultation and
Participation

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 17, 2005) - The city of
Montreal's executive committee is recommending that city council adopt
the city's policy on public consultation and participation, which was a
main issue to arise out of the task force on Democracy at the Montreal
Summit.



The main objectives of the policy include:

- Encouraging citizens to participate actively in civic life as well
as in the development and management of municipal affairs;
- Fostering public consultation practices that are transparent,
credible, effective and useful to the decision-making process;
- Formally acknowledging the power of the community to influence the
decisions of different city authorities.


The policy is centred on three fundamental elements of democracy
including information, consultation and participation.

"This policy is a clear example of our desire to encourage the
commitments of Montrealers, By adopting a simple frame-work that is
transparent and can evolve over time, we are putting in place a tool
that will allow us to remain informed about the concerns and
expectations of all Montrealers, " said the Mayor of Montreal, Gerald
Tremblay.

The policy is being put in place following a consensus that was
expressed during the Montreal Summit, which was held in 2002. All city
authorities are affected by this policy including Montreal's Public
Consultation Office, the different committees and special committees of
city council and all municipal services. As well, the different boroughs
are invited to support and adopt the different practices that are
outlined in the policy.

The elaboration of the policy : an example of participatory democracy :
The task-force on democracy, which includes approximately 15 citizens
from different fields of activity in Montreal, formed a working group
headed by a representative of the city's Public Consultation Office. The
group met 11 times and reviewed many existing policies and documents.
They were inspired by current best practices that are in place in the
boroughs while the text was subsequently submitted to the entire
task-force.

"Exercising participatory democracy requires patience, perseverance and
a spirit of openness. The adoption of this first policy on consultation
and public participation is a significant leap forward," said the
chairman of the democracy task-force, Dimitri Roussopoulos, who also
noted that the policy contains a commitment to carry out a public
evaluation of the policy two years following its adoption and, following
that, additional reviews will be carried out every other two years.

"What we are presenting is an instrument that is seeking to encourage
inclusion as well as the participation of the greatest number of
citizens in order to strengthen their sense of belonging to the city,"
Mayor Tremblay said.

The policy will be presented at the city council meeting of March 21st
2005.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Source : Cabinet du maire et du comite executif
    Information : Bernard Larin
    Attache de presse
    (514) 872-9998