Transport structure: the people of Quebec have voted “for a blank cheque” by electing Labeaume, said Véronyque Tremblay

News 19 March, 2018
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    Monday, 19 march 2018, 12:15

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    By voting overwhelmingly for Régis Labeaume, last fall, the people of Quebec have somehow given “a blank cheque” for the transportation network structure, said Véronyque Tremblay in an interview with LCN, a Monday morning.

    Throughout the last municipal election campaign, Mr. Labeaume spoke of a potential network of collective transport structure, has reminded the minister for Transport, in an interview with Mario Dumont.

    “No, he has not been specific about the type of developmental project, but people, when they voted for him, to the mayor of Quebec city present, they knew that they voted a bit for a blank cheque. Yes, a structuring project, she said. Which one? They did not know, and the mayor had said well, we will know, in the background, after the election.”


    As the project will be paid almost entirely by the governments of Québec and of Canada, the minister Tremblay was also surprised to hear some claim that a referendum on the proposed $ 3 billion presented by the mayor Labeaume and the prime minister Philippe Couillard, last Friday.

    “It’s going to be paid for by the provincial and the federal. So, is it necessary also to ask to the people of the Gaspésie, the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Montreal, […] what they think about this project?”

    “I think that from the moment we are elected to govern, she continued, we are trusted to make the best decisions for the future of Quebec. Then over there, it governs.”

    The CAQ and the conservatives react

    The deputies caquistes of the greater Quebec city region will react after-noon at the project of network structuring, which provides for the construction of tram lines, trambus and metro by 2026, Québec.

    According to this it has been possible to learn, they will make their support conditional upon an interconnection of the network of Québec with Lévis.

    On the federal scene, the elected conservatives have also reported that a link to Lévis and the South Shore is “essential”.

    “We have questions that remain unanswered, particularly in terms of cost, funding, and travel,” they said by way of press release, Monday.

    More details to come…