Valérie Plante and Justin Trudeau to discuss the cannabis

News 20 December, 2017
  • Dario Ayala / QMI Agency

    Sarah Daoust-Braun

    Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:41

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    Valérie Plante and Justin Trudeau have discussed the income-sharing of the cannabis and of the construction of the pink line of the metro Tuesday during their meeting at the Montreal city hall.

    Justin Trudeau wants to legalize cannabis is not a burden for the cities, but rather an opportunity “to keep our children safe and to remove the extraordinary profits to organized crime”.

    “With cannabis, one wants a lot of flexibility and we want to be reasonable in this approach to ensure that cities and municipalities across the countries have the necessary resources,” said Justin Trudeau to media before private interviews with the new mayor.

    The output of this first official meeting between the two leaders, Valérie Plante said that it was pleased that the government of Canada reiterates the importance of the towns in this agreement.

    According to it, the cities need to touch the money from income on the sale of cannabis.

    The provinces will receive 75 % of the tax revenues generated by the sale of cannabis, but for the moment no financial agreement with the municipalities of the province has been unveiled by the government of Quebec.

    Pink line

    Valérie Plante has also taken advantage of his meeting with the prime minister to speak for the collective transport and mobility.

    According to this, Justin Trudeau is in favour of the project of the pink line in the subway, proposed by projet Montréal during the election campaign.

    “Mr. Trudeau sees the relevance of building such a line. That being said, it is up to us to refine and present a project more complete”, she said.

    The mayor has assured that his team was in the process of documenting the project, which envisages the construction of 29 metro stations, “to make a proposal in good and due form” to the federal and provincial governments to obtain funding.

    The opening of the six new subway stations in Toronto is also very inspiring for the mayor. “For me, it gives me energy. If Toronto can do it, Montreal as well,” she said.

    Projet Montréal has estimated the cost of its flagship project of around $ 6 billion, and plans to link Montreal-Nord, Lachine.