The Leader of the Opposition at Quebec City Hall, Jean-François Gosselin, jumps into the provincial arena, accusing the Liberals of being “completely disconnected from the population” with their support for Régis Labeaume’s tram project .
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The leader of Quebec 21 called the press on Wednesday to send a message “to the oppositions” to the National Assembly, but he especially pointed the finger at the liberal leader, Dominique Anglade, and the new spokesperson for the files of the national capital, Marwah Rizqy, two “elected representatives of Montreal”, he took the trouble to point out.
“Ladies, with all due respect, your position on the Quebec City tram project is derailed, but not nearly so. Your position in no way reflects the reality of Quebec and I respectfully invite you to go and consult the citizens of Quebec ”, launched this fierce opponent of the mayor’s project, visibly outraged by their respective outings in the room the day before and their support for Régis Labeaume.
Mme Anglade wondered aloud if the CAQ had given its support to the tramway before the election “simply to ensure that it was aborted afterwards” while Mr.me Rizqy claimed that Mr. Labeaume – with his maps and tables of numbers – had succeeded in demonstrating that the suburbs were well served by the project on Tuesday.
Mr. Gosselin was not convinced and clearly sided with the Legault government, which still hesitated to support the project.
Continuing his analysis, he did not hesitate to remind the Liberals that they no longer have a single MP in the Capitale-Nationale region.
“I understand that your government (that of Philippe Couillard) gave Régis Labeaume a blank check, but how many MPs do you have in Quebec? How many members of the Liberal Party remain in Quebec? Watching you act, we understand why, ”he thundered.
“Trying to put pressure on the government in place so that the project is resolved as quickly as possible … that is unacceptable.” And that shows that the Liberal Party of Quebec is completely disconnected from the population of Quebec, ”added the one who already sat in the National Assembly in 2007-2008 for the late ADQ. Mr. Gosselin had also run for the PLQ in 2012 but he was defeated in La Peltrie.
The latter also accused Régis Labeaume of “refusing to negotiate” with the government to modify his project. “The mayor brings absolutely nothing new and the mayor does not want to negotiate because he has proposed absolutely nothing to resolve the impasse.”
Mr. Gosselin also said he felt “great discomfort” in relation to the exit of certain developers, such as Michel Dallaire, who claim that certain real estate projects, notably in Sainte-Foy, will never materialize if the tram does not see the light of day. .
“Should we understand in his words a certain threat?” I am very uncomfortable with that. It confirms what we have been saying from the start. It is a project for real estate developers who will come to settle along the line. ”
Remember that the head of Quebec 21 plans to present his own structuring public transport project in anticipation of the next municipal election campaign, which he already qualifies as a “referendum” on the issue of public transport.