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Tramway: “the CAQ interfered,” confirms Marchand

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar22,2024

Tramway: “the CAQ interfered,” confirms Marchand

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Mayor Marchand is on an economic mission to Boston.

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Mayor Marchand is of the opinion that the interference of the Legault government in the Quebec tramway project has resulted in delays and cost overruns. He thus unreservedly supports a recent study by HEC Montréal which is in the same direction.

The government has never been shy and it is known in the history of the process, said Bruno Marchand from Boston, where he is participating in a three-day economic mission.

Called to comment on a new study by HEC Montréal on the progress of major public transport projects in Quebec, he agreed with its author, who believes that the interference of the Legault government has caused the bill to jump of the tram.

When politics gets involved, when politics changes the scope or certain key elements of the project, it delays and costs more, a- he lamented.

When you give a mandate to someone and you keep creating noise on the line by wanting other things […], it's certain that it delays the project and costs more .

A quote from Bruno Marchand, mayor of Quebec

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The HEC Montréal study makes particular reference to the route modifications requested by the CAQ government in order to better serve the Estimauville sector, a decision which led to the abandonment of the northern branch of the project.

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Even though he won the race for mayor of Quebec by promising 10 changes to the tramway project, Bruno Marchand believes he has nothing to reproach himself for.

I am in no way to blame, he says.

According to him, eight measures were finally retained, including a better one compensation for trees cut along the route, but no changes have delayed the project.

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Illustration of the tram running in winter near Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois and Boulevard Pie-XII. (Archive photo)

If the City of Quebec has not reviewed the concrete slab on which the tram was to run or the electricity supply by overhead wires, it is precisely to do not modify the completion schedule.

We had the courage to say things during the campaign, to make a very large majority of the proposed changes, but also to accept that, in order not to call the project into question, there were changes that we had to put aside. , he pleads.

Bruno Marchand also shot an arrow at the agency project that the Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility is preparing , Geneviève Guilbault, to oversee all of Quebec's major infrastructure projects.

If every time we change government we change our minds and ask for something else, even if you have 500 top guns in the agency, it will amount to the same thing! he gets carried away.

According to Bruno Marchand, it is first and foremost political will that will move transport projects forward collective.

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Geneviève Guilbault, Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility

This new study from HEC Montréal has also given ammunition to the opposition parties who have been criticizing for several weeks the poor record of the Legault government in public transport.

According to the solidarity MP for Taschereau, a riding in downtown Quebec, the study demonstrates figures to support that the CAQ improvises, makes anything and fails to attach its public transport projects. Étienne Grandmont underlines that the CAQ has not delivered any major public transport project since its election in 2018.

At the Parti Québécois, Pascal Paradis argues that the Prime Minister would be ill-advised not to give credibility to the HEC Montréal study since he himself is a graduate of this institution, just like the Minister of Education. x27;Economy.

The third link is a perfect example of a poorly planned project where the need was not identified, criticizes the member for Jean-Talon by repeating the conclusions of the study.

I find it sad that these are examples from the national capital, Quebec, that are used to demonstrate what is wrong. What we want is for these major projects in Quebec to become models of what is going well.

A quote from Pascal Paradis, member of the Parti Québécois in Jean-Talon

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Pascal Paradis, PQ MP in Jean-Talon

Pascal Paradis invites the government to rise above partisan considerations and leave the management of major projects to experts.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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