Applebaum promises lower property taxes
Montreal mayor denies Duceppe alliance rumours
Posted: Dec 6, 2012 6:02 PM ET
Last Updated: Dec 6, 2012 9:43 PM ET
The mayor of Montreal said he is following through on a promise to limit the increases in property taxes and transit fares.
Michael Applebaum presented amendments to the 2013 budget to the city's finance committee.
The amendments include eliminating a 1.1 per cent water tax for property owners. This would reduce the average property tax increase from the proposed 3.3 per cent to 2.2 per cent.
Transit fare increases would also be reduced from three per cent to two per cent.
The changes are expected to pass, with the support of the two municipal opposition parties and some independent councillors.
Political alliance rumours swirl at city hall
The mayor dismissed rumours of a possible political alliance with former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe.
"You can start rumours about me and Gilles Duceppe – me and Céline Dion – anybody that you want, but for me the objective here is to serve citizens," said Applebaum.
Reports claimed Michael Applebaum would be teaming up with Duceppe for the upcoming November 2013 municipal election. The rumours were sparked after some media began reporting that the mayor was about to hire Duceppe's former chief of staff.
Duceppe also refuted the gossip, saying he barely knows Applebaum.
"I don't know him more than what I see in the media," he said. "Is it April 1st today?"
Applebaum said he received the staffer's CV but has no intention to meet or hire him.
Latest Montreal News Headlines
- Relaunch of Highway 19 extension to be announced today
- Quebec's provincial government is reportedly going ahead with the long-awaited extension of Highway 19, north of Montreal. more »
- Philanthropist, father of Browns Shoes, dies at 85
- Montrealers are mourning the death of well-known businessman and community member Morton Brownstein. more »
- Montreal lifts boil-water advisory
- Mayor Michael Applebaum has given Montrealers the green light to drink their tap water, saying it's safe to drink. He says if it's still discoloured, let the taps run for a few minutes. more »
- Dachshunds strut their stuff as UN bosses
- CBC Montreal checked out a dress rehearsal Thursday for Dachshund UN, a Festival TransAmériques show featuring dozens of dogs impersonating members of the United Nations. more »
Top News Headlines
- Washington bridge collapse not Alberta trucker's fault, wife says
- The wife of the trucker implicated in Thursday's collapse of a bridge in Washington State that serves tens of thousands of commuters daily says her husband is not responsible for the incident. more »
- London attack victim's widow speaks of 'our future together'
- The family of the young British soldier who was killed in a brutal daytime slaying spoke at a press conference on Friday, including his widow who talked about their plans for the future. more »
- Greg Weston: Senate scandal may be Harper's worst hour
- The widening Senate scandal that the prime minister flippantly tried to dismiss as a 'distraction' just days ago has instead become arguably Stephen Harper's worst hour. more »
- Canada ranks 3rd last in paid vacations
- Canada ranks third last among economically advanced countries in the amount of paid vacation time it guarantees its workers, a new U.S. study indicates. more »
- Montreal lifts boil-water advisory
- PQ wants to force federally regulated firms to abide by French language charter
- Qatar drops bid to move UN aviation agency from Montreal
- Alleged sexual predator's victims sought by Montreal police
- Former premier among growing list of politicians offered cash in Laval
- 1.3 million Montrealers face boil water advisory
- Laval police seize drugs, assault weapon
- PQ polling woes continue
- Taking a look at graffiti tagging hotspots in Montreal