“Mascara and lipstick” budget: Alan DeSousa apologised

«Mascara et rouge à lèvres» budgétaires: Alan DeSousa présente ses excuses

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The mayor of the borough of Saint-Laurent, Alan DeSousa

The mayor of the borough of Saint-Laurent, Alan DeSousa, apologized Wednesday in the wake of his comments on the “makeup” of the budget of the administration-Plant Dorais.

At a press conference Tuesday, while the opposition to the Town hall criticized the budget, the elected had used an analogy which is deemed inappropriate. “This is a budget spender, but with a lot of powder, mascara, lipstick,” he explained, denouncing the increase of expenditures and the increase of the debt.

Later, the mayor Valerie Plant had qualified the words ” sexist “. “What age they were, there ?” she launched about of the opposition party.

Wednesday morning, when the city council held a meeting to adopt the budget in 2019, of Montreal, Mr. DeSousa, who is also vice-president of the finance Commission, took the floor to present his excuses.

“I was aiming for the budget. I was aiming at the person. If I have offended anyone, I offer my sincere apologies publicly, “he said before summarizing his thoughts again :” This is a budget that looks good at the beginning, but, in a sense, there might be things in the back that are not necessarily the best. “

It has in particular criticised the growth of the workforce of the City and the increase of undue debt. All Montreal has indicated its intention to vote against the budget, which imposes tax increases averaging 1.7% for the residential sector.

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