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Conferences & lectures

Urban expansion, gentrification and municipal profits

Date & time
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Peter Trent, Alan DeSousa, Stephanie Watt and Xavier-Antoine Lalande


This event is free


Samuel Bronfman Building
1590 Docteur Penfield Room Atrium

Wheelchair accessible


The municipal fiscal system in Quebec is highly dependent on property tax. This relationship encourages urban sprawl and gentrification.

Because property tax represents the only efficient way for cities in the Montreal region to raise more revenues, have they fallen into a business mindset, busy contesting against each other in an urban sprawl race in perpetual need of more revenues?

Is this situation a fertile environment for corruption? What can change things for the better? What’s in store for municipal revenues in the future?

The goal of the panel is to bring knowledge and awareness on the property tax dependency issue, but mainly to better understand the possible policy outcomes of municipal revenues diversification in Quebec for the coming decade.

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About the speakers

Peter Trent is the former mayor of Westmount and author of The Merger Delusion.

Alan DeSousa is the borough mayor of Saint-Laurent and vice-president of the Commission sur les finances et l'administration.

Stephanie Watt is a city councillor in the borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and member of the Commission sur l’examen des contrats.

Xavier-Antoine Lalande is the mayor of Saint-Colomban, which is located in the the Laurentides region of Quebec.

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