Whatever the contours used to define downtown Quebec, the suburbs will benefit from investments of at least $ 1 billion as part of the structuring transport network project, argued Régis Labeaume.
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The mayor of Quebec delivered, Tuesday afternoon, to what he himself described as a “purely accounting exercise” aimed at responding to the government and “telling people that he is investing a lot of money. ‘money in the suburbs’.
Supporting graphs, calculations and maps, Mr. Labeaume proposed two definitions of downtown. In the first, the city center is made up of the district of La Cité-Limoilou and part of Sillery. In the second definition, the city center is much wider. However, in both cases, data from the city administration concludes that investments in favor of the suburbs represent at least $ 1 billion of the $ 3.3 billion of the megaproject.
A battle of numbers pits Quebec City against the Quebec government. Last Thursday, Prime Minister François Legault had also launched that investments in the suburbs had gone from $ 1 billion to $ 200 million.
Referring to the withdrawal of the trambus from the megaproject, in the summer of 2020, Régis Labeaume added that “the trambus was mainly in the City of Quebec” and that “nothing has been taken from the suburbs”.
According to him, “never what can be called the suburbs in Quebec have been so well served and never the web of transport has been so complete”.
Insisting that the subject of the structuring network not become “a political battle”, Régis Labeaume called not to “make a historical mistake” with this megaproject.
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