Public transit: the federal government responds to this

News 16 March, 2018
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    Joël Lightbound

    Stephanie Martin

    Friday, 16 march, 2018 21:39

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    The federal government is willing to fund 40 % of the transportation project structuring of Québec.

    The minister Jean-Yves Duclos and the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Finance Joël Lightbound have responded enthusiastically to the presentation made on Friday by the City of Québec for its project of network of public transport.

    The two politicians have assured that the federal government will assume its share of the invoice of the project of $ 3 billion. “The standard across Canada, it is 40 %. (…) The federal government is there. It is 40%, which will be borne by the federal government, ” assured Jean-Yves Duclos, who recalled that a budget of $ 5.2 billion is available for all of Québec.

    If the government of Quebec requested a budget of $ 1.2 billion for the tramway in Quebec city, Ottawa will grant, he confirmed.

    Mr. Duclos was also pleased to hear the government of Quebec say that he will prioritize this project in its applications to Ottawa for the funding of public transport projects.

    Project ” gatherer “

    “The key word that I hear today is “gatherer”. It brings together the citizens of Quebec. I think a lot of people are extremely proud of what has been heard. And it brings together the elected officials and levels of government “, he expressed. This is the best way to carry out such an undertaking, according to him.

    Joël Lightbound was also of good words for the project. “This is a wonderful project. It is of the caliber of the city of Quebec. For us, it fits very well with our ambition to have transit systems across the country that are at the height and world-class, ” he expressed, giving him also for his support. “Finally, Quebec is going to get there with the help of the federal government. And be assured that the federal government will be there for her. “