Despite the 10-year extension of the Quebec Bridge lease, Eric Duhaime judges that “the Quebec government has a duty to negotiate this sensitive matter over the long term.”
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This is what the Conservative leader said in a press conference in Quebec on Saturday morning.
The latter was responding to an article in which Le Journal revealed on Saturday that the lease between the Quebec Ministry of Transport and Canadian National (CN) had been extended in extremis. That deal, under certain conditions, could aid Ottawa’s ongoing process of acquiring the bridge, even guessed federal negotiator Yvon Charest.
“We are talking about the importance of a third link. It would be the end of us cutting off one of the two we already have,” said Mr Duhaime first of all, referring to the risk of demolitions publicly raised by Mr Charest a few days ago.
A “cancer patch”
Still, the Conservative leader believes “we’ve put a band-aid on cancer again. We have to solve the problem, and that will take much longer than that of the Quebec Bridge.”
According to him, “not the federal-state bickering or the bickering with CN has priority. The priority is to ensure that motorists can also use the Québec Bridge in the medium and, above all, in the long term.
Quebec Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade also believes the harassment has slowed the negotiation process on the dossier.
“[Il faut] Working in partnership, stopping bickering, bickering with the federal government, not sharing information. [Il y a eu un manque] Transparency in relation to these negotiations. don’t take [en compte] Quebecers’ interest in the Capitale-Nationale region is not the way forward,” she said in particular during a press crowd on Saturday in Gaspésie.
The latter also indicated that she finds it strange that we came up with this just days before the vote.
“I don’t understand why we waited all this time to come here, just on the eve of the end of the campaign to say, ‘Well, we’re finally getting along.’ It’s strange,” Ms. Anglade added.
– In cooperation with the agency QMI
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