Quebec government backs down on scrapping referendums

The impasse at the National Assembly over a controversial bill that would give city more powers while at the same time, striking down its ability to hold referendums, appears to be over.

Municipal Affairs Minister Martin Coiteux says the Liberals and the Parti Quebecois  "found a way to reconcile our differences," over Bill 122.

The original legislation was criticized by the opposition for stopping cities from holding citizen referendums.

Now, the bill will be changed to all municipalities to choose for themselves if they want to keep referendum or implement a standardized public consultation process

Coiteux says he expects Bill 122 to be passed within the next week.