Last June, the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs submitted Bill 22 giving the City of Montreal greater taxation powers. If the bill is adopted, Quebec’s biggest city will be able, for instance, to impose a tax on show tickets and restaurant meals. The minister says these new income sources were given to Montreal because “our metropolis must have the means to deal with the challenges it faces.” Several municipalities, including Montreal, have been demanding broader sources of income to avoid tight budgets or red ink. But other solutions to the problem may be found in better control over spending.
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