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CDPQ Infra cannot do everything, says Minister Guilbault

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Geneviève Guilbault, Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility.

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“You have to be realistic, they [CDPQ Infra] cannot do everything at once. For the moment, they are focusing on the REM and the Capitale-Nationale. »

It is in these terms that the Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Geneviève Guilbault, responded Tuesday, in a press scrum, to the press release from the infrastructure subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec which admitted, Monday, not being able to complete the structuring transport project in the axis of Taschereau Boulevard, on the South Shore, under study for several years.

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CDPQ Infra admitted Monday that the project “would require mobilizing teams that are not available.”

CDPQ Infra explained that this would require mobilizing teams that are not currently available.

They now have a mobility planning mandate in the metropolitan community of Quebec. I find it correct that they are focusing on that, said Minister Guilbault, who always praises the expertise of CDPQ Infra.

The fact that the Caisse confirms that it will not carry out the project on the South Shore, this adds to my point of view on the need to be more autonomous and more efficient in our own projects rather than systematically depending on CDPQ Infra or other authorities.

A quote from Geneviève Guilbault, Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility

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The Liberal Party was quick to react to Ms. Guilbault's comments.

It is a lamentable failure in terms of transport and mobility on the part of the CAQ government, launched the spokesperson for the official opposition on the matter of transport and sustainable mobility, Monsef Derraji, for whom nothing guarantees that we will have the expected results in the coming months.

There is something worrying, commented the spokesperson for Québec solidaire in terms of transport and mobility, Etienne Grandmont, recalling that the CAQ had promised an REM going from Brossard to Chambly. For the MP, this is indeed a broken promise.

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Etienne Grandmont, solidarity MP for Taschereau

The CAQ has so much placed the emphasis on CDPQ Infra to carry out these public transport projects, we realize that it does not work, judged Mr. Grandmont, calling into question the expertise of the Caisse de dépôt subsidiary.

The day before, CDPQ Infra, responsible for the construction of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), said it wanted to concentrate its efforts on projects already underway in Greater Montreal and on the analysis, commissioned by the government of Quebec, for which it is responsible in the Capitale-Nationale region.

The Mayors of Longueuil and Brossard also said they would like CDPQ Infra to move away from the project and preferred to rely on the government and its future public transport agency.

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