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With the 3rd link, the government is playing on its credibility, says Drainville | All about the 3rd Québec-Lévis link

Open in full screen mode< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Bernard Drainville affirms that his government will have to deliver the goods in the third link file.

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The minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region, Bernard Drainville, believes that his government will have no room for error when it presents its new proposal regarding the third link project.

What is going to be filed must be serious because our credibility is at stake, declared Mr. Drainville on Monday, on the sidelines of an activity organized by the Quebec Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIQ).

The minister is aware that the expectations of citizens of the South Shore in terms of mobility are high.

People are waiting for us, so to speak, then it's normal. That means we must not disappoint them […] Next time, we must not disappoint, insisted Bernard Drainville.

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Bernard Drainville maintains that the government will have to present something “serious”. (Archive photo)

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Despite the numerous reversals that have occurred in the Third Link case, he says that he and his colleagues have never thrown in the towel.

Remember one thing: we never gave up. The deputies from Chaudière then the deputies from Quebec, we never gave up, never forget that, insisted the minister.

According to him, the analysis carried out by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec will help guide the government's thinking on the best way to improve travel between the two shores.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Invited to comment on Bernard Drainville's exit, Mayor Gilles Lehouillier, who participated in the same event presented by the CCIQ, indicated that the CAQ was going to have to deliver the goods.

The government has made a firm commitment to create a motorway link. All the arguments of the Ministry of Transport in recent years, as you have seen, even gravitated towards saying: if we do not make the motorway link, it is a disaster. It is really necessary. So, from the moment we have that, I think there is an obligation to achieve results, that’s clear, declared Mr. Lehouillier.

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Gilles Lehouillier (photo) is convinced that Bernard Drainville “sincerely believes” in the project for a third highway link between Quebec and Lévis.

Beyond the work that will be carried out by the Caisse, Gilles Lehouillier maintains that the government will have to carry out in-depth studies on the third motorway link project.

We don't have any real studies. There isn't one. We know that the April 2022 studies were very fragmentary and they are not real studies. There, you have to do the real studies. Is the 25 km horseshoe [which connects Quebec and Lévis] a sufficient constraint? Can bridge infrastructure still meet needs in the coming years? We never had these studies. I've never seen one in any case, the mayor said.

All I want is for the motorway link to be part of the solution and that is the message that Mr. Drainville delivered to you, that is the message that he gave me x27;also sends.

A quote from Gilles Lehouillier, mayor of Lévis

Nearly three weeks after the Legault government mandated the Caisse de dépôt et placement to study the best structuring transport project for Quebec, the Municipality is still awaiting directives concerning the approximately 400 current or future projects linked to the tramway.

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Putting the Quebec City tramway project on ice raises questions about the work related to the project that is underway or underway of being. (Archive photo)

Officials from the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility are continuing their analysis aimed at identifying the work to prioritize.

The mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, reiterated Monday that the government must quickly set the record straight regarding the various tramway projects.

Who do we talk to when we talk about construction sites? We're talking about the people who live around, we're talking about entrepreneurs who wonder if they're going to be able to pay [their] employees. […] These are people who have problems, either with congestion, who have risks with their children who are not far away. It's a bunch of elements like that. So, yes, we need to be determined quickly, said Mr. Marchand upon leaving the conference organized by the CCIQ.

He added that the balloon was in the hands of the government.

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Bruno Marchand invites the Legault government to say quickly what will happen to the many current or future projects linked to the tramway project.

The Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Geneviève Guilbault, and her colleague responsible for Infrastructure and the Capitale-Nationale region, Jonatan Julien, were also present at the CCIQ event.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The two members of the government left the Hôtel Château Laurier Québec without taking the time to answer journalists' questions.

With the collaboration of Olivier Lemieux

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