The government has no plans to postpone the November municipal elections, despite the pandemic.
The office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Andrée Laforest, told the Newspaper that the events unfold according to the usual schedule. The next municipal elections are due to be held this year on Sunday November 7.
“It is still planned that general municipal elections will be held next fall,” submitted the Minister’s press secretary, Bénédicte Trottier-Lavoie.
“The by-elections in recent months have demonstrated the effectiveness of the health measures developed in collaboration between Public Health, the DGEQ and our ministry. We will continue to monitor the situation closely as well as the recommendations of Public Health. “
In L’Ancienne-Lorette, for example, special measures had been put in place for the by-election for the post of mayor, following the death of Émile Loranger. The voting period had been extended. Distancing measures and the wearing of masks were compulsory.
In the cities of Quebec and Lévis, we are proceeding as if the elections were taking place in November.
“The returning officer of the City of Quebec is following the evolution of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic closely, while maintaining the organization of the general election for November 7, 2021 as provided for in the Law on elections and referendums in municipalities, ”said City spokesperson David O’Brien.
Félix Masson, press secretary to the mayor of Lévis, Gilles Lehouillier, also maintained that everything “proceeds normally”. The City set in motion the process, in particular by appointing its president of elections, who is the clerk of the municipality. “If there are new directives, we will adjust. “
Before the pandemic, the mayors of Quebec had asked the government to move the municipal election to the spring, in order to give time to the new elected officials to take up their positions before entering into budget preparation mode, a job that is taking place. performs in the last months of the year.
Coming back to this request, the mayor of Quebec, Régis Labeaume, indicated that “the answer we were given was that the DGEQ did not feel the capacity to organize two elections in the same year”.
The provincial elections will be held in 2022. Mr. Labeaume considers that the request is still “extremely relevant”, but he resolves to forget 2022.
– With the collaboration of Taïeb Moalla