The Marquis-Bissonnette Tax on Gatineau families

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Councilors of the city of Gatineau have voted in favor of a new tax on families – an extra 5 dollar fee for every garbage bag that exceed the modest city-imposed pick-up limit. As of right now there appears to be no distinction in how the tax is applied to households with 1x person, or households with 2x,3x,4x, or 5+ people.

Action Gatineau party member Maude Marquis-Bissonnette is the councilor leading the charge on this new taxation policy:

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Maude Marquis-Bissonnette
District du Plateau
Courriel : marquisbissonnette.maude@gatineau.ca
Téléphone : 819 595-7110

Garbage is only picked up every two weeks in Gatineau. I’m part of a family of four, which includes a baby that wears diapers. Myself, and many other families usually fill our garbage bins before the end of the two week pick-up period. It should be noted that along with the new tax, Gatineau councilors have decided to reduce the size of the garbage bins we are allowed to use to 120 litres.

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Via: https://www.facebook.com/DevelopponsGatineau/

Family celebrations involving people from outside our family – birthday parties, Christmas dinner with presents, family milestones – these events produce waste and sometimes already need an extra garbage bag to accommodate things.

 

The city of Gatineau has now deemed that these special occasions should be subject to taxation. Fun events that make life enjoyable are now going to cost more because in some cases these events will produce enough waste to place many families over the new two-week garbage limit.

Maude Marquis-Bissonnette is my councilor. Families in my area of Gatineau, the Plateau sector, consistently put out their blue recycle bins, full to bursting. It is insulting to suggest that Gatineau families are not doing enough recycling or composting to reduce waste.

Instead of concocting schemes to take money away from families, councilors like Marquis-Bissonnette should reduce waste by making recycling easier in public areas. Placing additional recycling bins in parks and in other common areas, and seeing the impact of this, is much better than attacking Gatineau families.

Marquis-Bissonnette’s tax on families is nothing more than a cash grab aimed at hard working Gatineau families, and all councilors who voted for it should be ashamed of themselves.

A petition has been started by the Facebook group Développons Gatineau to stop this tax, sign it today!

Le Conseil Municipal de la Ville de Gatineau: Non à la #taxepoubelle à Gatineau! | No #garbagetax in Gatineau! Sign here !!

 

 

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Thank you to The Equity

I was pleased to attend last’s week Warden debate at Pontiac High School (PHS), as hosted by The Equity.

It was standing room only in the PHS auditorium– a great indicator that there is a tremendous amount of interest in our upcoming municipal elections. It was also a great relief to be in that auditorium and not give a speech, as many years ago (as a PHS student) it was an annual requirement for me.

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I wish to offer my congratulations to all candidates who participated.

I believe we also owe The Equity our thanks for organizing and moderating this event.

As we’re all aware, the media landscape is quickly evolving through expansion of the internet and through increased uptake of digital news content. I feel it is essential now more than ever before for us to recognize and support our local media outlets, including local radio (ChipFm recently contributed to the democratic process as well, by covering a separate Warden debate earlier in the week).

Rural areas, unlike our urban cousins, don’t always have the proper web infrastructure to ensure that residents have consistent access to digital news on the internet. This is problematic across Canada, and rural media outlets typically punch above their weight in terms of outreach, at great financial cost.

It’s likely we will never see Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other online media platforms organize a local debate in the Pontiac, and thus we can’t take it for granted when our local media outlets put forth extra effort to ensure we are informed about what affects us.