The innovative approach that led to the Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan and the signing of the Mount Royal Heritage Pact
The purpose of this paper is to explain the Concertation Table process and to present the Mount Royal Heritage Pact the Table came up with. It will first describe and explain how the table was created, then how it operated for three years and finally how the various institutions came to sign the Heritage Pact. The debates sorted out the conflicting interests of the various stakeholders. The institutions (universities, hospitals and religious communities) need to pursue and develop their specific missions while the ONGs are dedicated to the protection of natural and cultural heritage militate more in terms of limiting as much as possible any change in the landscape and in the natural ecosystem of the mountain. In the Table’s debates, the municipal representatives found themselves in a position of arbitrator of those two main general positions. Without the Table, the positions would have remained general in sort of a black or white understanding of the issues, while the discussions helped finding out what was negotiable and to reduce the different points of view into smaller and more specific problems.