In 1918, the city of Montréal was placed under trusteeship by the provincial government for the specific purpose of putting its finances in order. Montréal was thus deprived a second time of the right to self-government. Over the next three years, the city was governed by an administrative committee whose members were appointed by Québec. The city council and mayor were maintained but only played a minor role. All management powers now rested with the administrative committee.
This raised great opposition in Montréal. Politicians led the way by clamoring for the restoration of the city’s autonomy. Faced with growing discontent, the provincial government was forced to dissolve the administrative committee one year before the end of its term in 1922.