Jacques Boissinot The Canadian Press François Legault defended his decision in the case of the third link during a press conference held Tuesday at the National Assembly.
The abandonment of the project for a third road link between Quebec and Lévis, as it was presented during the last provincial elections, continues to arouse indignation.
This time, it is the Alliance of Chambers of Commerce of Chaudière-Appalaches (ACCCA) which, in an open letter, asks the elected members of the government of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) to keep their commitment from the last two general elections and to build a third link that can serve both public transit, automobiles and freight transportation.
The group represents 16 Chambers of Commerce that defend more than 5,600 businesses in the region.
“For us and the people we represent, the announcement of the abandonment of this commitment generates indignation, anger and dissatisfaction. The government's new proposal, which involves only public transit, represents a major breach of trust by voters and business people in Chaudière-Appalaches,” says the ACCCA.
“This lack of vision from the government to support the development and future of our region is totally unacceptable […] This was an important commitment for the region, which would have helped to smooth traffic and stimulate economic development “, we underline in the open letter.
The Alliance of Chambers of Commerce of Chaudière-Appalaches denounces “the lack of conclusive data” to explain this volte-face of the government.
“While the pandemic has forced many companies to opt for telework, today we are seeing a gradual return to business. This return combined with the start-up of new businesses could make these statistics quickly obsolete, ”it is specified.
We are directly calling on Prime Minister François Legault to reconsider his decision.
“We are asking the Prime Minister to honor the commitment he also made and begin construction of a third link that will accommodate public transit, cars and freight transport. We hope that our voices will be heard, that the government will listen to reason and act quickly to meet the transportation and economic development needs of our region.”
The Alliance of Chambers of Commerce of Chaudière- Appalaches also demands that the Government of Quebec “undertake to update traffic data annually and to make it public, on a fixed date”.
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