Despite the presentation offered Tuesday by Régis Labeaume, François Legault persists and signs: the explosion in the costs of the tramway pushed the mayor to “cut” in the service offer from which the suburbs were to benefit with the initial project, regrets the first minister.
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While at the town hall, Mayor Labeaume was busy demonstrating, with maps and figures to support, that he “took nothing away from the suburbs”, the CAQ leader François Legault again defended his position, Tuesday, during question period at the Blue Room.
“The mayor of Quebec is back [en juin dernier] with a new project which is exactly the same tram, but instead of costing 2 billion, it will cost 3.1 billion ”, repeated the Prime Minister, who refuses to give the green light to the project as modified.
“The mayor exceeded the cost of the tram by 50%,” said Mr. Legault. “So he cut the service to the suburbs,” he continued. As proof, “the mayor just said a few minutes ago: I would have liked to make the trambus, but we did not have the money,” said Mr. Legault.
The minister and deputy for Charlesbourg, Jonatan Julien, rose in turn to respond to the liberal deputy Enrico Ciconne, trying to illustrate in his own way what the suburbs represent.
“You have to understand what the suburbs are like in Quebec: Duberger, Vanier, Neufchâtel, Lebourgneuf, Loretteville, Saint-Émile, Charlesbourg, Beauport. […] It is these places, ”enumerated Mr. Julien.
“We would like to have the demonstration that the presented project clearly improves the service to the suburbs of Quebec City, this is what we expect and this is what we want to see,” he said. -it sums.
The Minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, also intervened by assuring that “everyone” on his side of the chamber wants the project “to come true”.
“My job is to make sure that with the second version, […] we can serve well […] the outskirts of Quebec. […]», Explained Mr. Bonnardel. “We don’t have the right to make mistakes, […] we will have to make the right choices, ”he insisted.
“The more the file advances, the more one wonders if the CAQ had not given its support to the tramway before the election simply to ensure that it aborts afterwards”, raised at the beginning of the day the liberal leader Dominique Anglade.
The liberal critic in matters of Transport, Marwah Rizqy considers that the mayor Labeaume was able to demonstrate Tuesday “the absence of real argument of the government” to justify his hesitation to support the project.
The member for Saint-Laurent is starting to make up her own mind. “They don’t want to deliver the tram, because they are not ready to deliver the 3e link “, believes Mme Rizqy.
Considering all the cost overruns that have occurred in many transport projects in Montreal, the member for Quebec solidaire, Sol Zanetti, maintains that the government should inject more money if it wants to bring back the trambus.
“It is really hypocritical not to extend all the money for Quebec,” denounces the member for Jean-Lesage.