Fight against gun violence in Montreal: new measures announced

MONTREAL — Additional means to strengthen the fight against armed violence in Montreal will be announced Saturday afternoon at a press conference.

This was announced by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, who will be accompanied for the occasion by the Minister responsible for Greater Montréal and the Montreal region, Chantal Rouleau, as well as the Mayor of the City of Montreal, Valérie Plante and the interim director of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), Sophie Roy.

Shootings have multiplied in the metropolis in recent months and the two murders last Tuesday, which occurred in broad daylight, in public places, once again shook Montrealers’ sense of security. In the space of 30 minutes, at lunchtime on Tuesday, a man was shot dead in the parking lot of the Rockland shopping center and another on the terrace of a pizzeria on Saint-Denis Street.

On Friday, Mayor Valérie Plante replied to people who accuse her of wanting to defund the police, assuring that it is false.

She also refuted the allegations that the sums granted by the Government of Quebec for the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal had been used elsewhere.

“The money planned for the SPVM goes to the SPVM. The money earmarked for housing goes to housing. The money that is earmarked for the parks goes to the parks. Money is going to the right places. Our management is irreproachable,” she declared in a press scrum.

Ms. Plante also deplored that people “scare the world”.

“I’m tired of scaring the world, scaring the police and the police by saying that our administration wants to defund. It’s wrong! It never happened and it will never happen (…) It’s enough to scare the world, ”insisted Mayor Plante.

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