Mr. Don Boudria (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell):
Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member for Charlevoix (Mr. Hamelin), who is a past master at this sort of thing, has brought an entirely new dimension to the patronage system in his riding.
The Hon. Member is refusing to negotiate with the municipal representatives elected by the people of the North Shore, and letting political organizers decide which municipalities may benefit from federal grants.
These organizers not only decide which municipalities are going to get the grants, they also oblige these municipalities to hire staff from a list of names they provide, the point being that the grants will be withdrawn if they do not comply.
Mr. Speaker, needless to say, the mayors in Charlevoix heartedly disapprove of the Hon. Member's approach and have sent him a letter to that effect, and I quote:
In recent months, since your election as the Member for the riding of Charlevoix, it has been noted by the mayors that the political organizers in each municipality, meaning those belonging to the party in power, take precedence over municipal representatives who, like yourself, were democratically elected.
1 would be curious to know how many ridings in Quebec are seeing the same patronage game being played by the Progressive Conservatives.
Subtopic: MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: PATRONAGE IN CHARLEVOIX CONSTITUENCY