At tonight's Pierrefonds Council Meeting I asked Mayor Worth about Montreal's policy of providing Velo Quebec with $1 million/yr. while at the same time charging charities and non-profits (that do raise funds for worthy causes) thousands of dollars to stage their events upon Montreal property.
Worth advised that she was unaware of the events to which I was referring, and that Montreal would not be changing its policy of charging charities while not charging Velo QC, an organization that unlike other Montreal events, and events throughout the world, will not add a charity component to their event.
The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, Arthritis Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Inflammatory Bowel Foundation and many others have to pay Montreal for what Montreal taxpayers give absolutely free to Velo Quebec.
Why does Velo Quebec receive preferential treatment compared to charities, and other non-profits that do have a charity component?
On the day of the last election Mayor Tremblay's party used Velo QC headquarters as a call centre. While Velo QC founder/past-president Michel Labrecque was not re-elected to public office, Mayor Tremblay appointed him as Chair of the STM.
Does this sound like a conflict of interest or favouritism to you? Do you think that Montreal should give Velo QC $1million/yr and then charge charities that fund medical research that actually saves lives?
Mayor Worth and Mayor Tremblay may be reached at MWorth@ville.montreal.qc.ca;Maire@ville.montreal.qc.ca and both of them welcome your opinion immediately.
Kindly forward this story to others and help end Montreal's behaviour.