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Debates about your park, your bike path your garbage, your public market...

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The citizens of 1,108 Quebec municipalities will elect the representatives who will decide the future of their communities for the next 4 years.

While the federal election has made headlines in recent weeks, municipal elections still struggle to generate interest among many even though the municipal level of government has a significant impact on our quality of life. Municipal councils have important responsibilities that affect not only our daily lives, health and well-being, but also our resilience in the face of climate change and its impacts on each and every one of us.

It is therefore critical that we get involved and encourage the people around us to mobilize for the November 7 municipal elections.

To help citizens make informed choices at the polls, Operation Vire au vert, a campaign that is being carried out by Équiterre along with a many partners, is launching a week of debates on the environment, which will be held across the province between October 18 and 28, 2021.

It will be the first time that non-partisan debates of this magnitude on the climate and environmental issues have been held in Quebec during the lead-up to the municipal elections.

The debates will provide citizens with an opportunity to meet their candidates, learn about their ideas for developing their municipalities and their proposals regarding environmental issues and the climate crisis.

Vire au Vert is supporting teams of engaged citizens in their efforts to organize debates in the following municipalities:
Beloeil
Châteauguay
Eastman
Gatineau
Granby
La Pêche
La Prairie
Labelle
Laval
Longueuil
Montréal (City Hall)
Montréal – Borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Montréal - Borough of Sud-Ouest
Montréal - Borough Lachine
Montréal - Borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Montréal - Borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
Montréal - Borough of Verdun
Montréal - Borough of Ville-Marie
Montréal - Borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci
Ormstown
Québec
Rouyn-Noranda
Saguenay
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Saint-Jérôme
Sainte-Mélanie
Sherbrooke
Sutton
Terrebonne

Why should you attend your municipality's debate?

To understand the fundamental role of the municipal level of government
Our municipalities have the power and the duty to prepare their regions for the environmental transition - for the well-being, health and safety of their citizens.
These debates will help voters understand how the decisions made by our cities can influence land use, energy, transportation, food, urban planning, etc.

To be able to make an informed choice when voting
Candidate debates are critical events during elections in order for citizens to arrive at the polls fully informed on election day. They are a unique opportunity for citizens to learn about their candidates’ values and their concrete proposals for the community.

There may be a debate near you! Visit vireauvert.org/debats to find out.

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