Jacques Boissinot The Canadian Press According to Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, Quebec must establish, among other , route, mode of transport, costs and schedule of the project before submitting an application to Ottawa.
The federal minister and federal deputy for Quebec, Jean-Yves Duclos, remains cautious about the financing of the new version of the third link between Quebec and Lévis, about which we know very little so far.
While Prime Minister François Legault said Wednesday he didn't see why the federal government wouldn't fund 40% of the project, Mr. Duclos believes instead that things have to be done in the right order.
“You have to move forward in the right way. First of all, you have to know the route, the engineering conditions, the stations that there could be, the mode of transport, the costs, the schedule. You need to know all that to be able to send a request to the Canadian government, “he said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Friday.
François Legault said twice this week that he had no not seen the cost estimates for the project, although these exist.
In a document on the link project between the two shores dating from 2023, the costs of four scenarios were estimated. One of these scenarios is a tunnel dedicated to public transport (tramway or bus). However, these costs are redacted in the version that has been made public.
“It depends on the nature of these projects”
Jean-Yves Duclos recalls that his government has already stepped up to fund public transit projects.
“The Canadian government since 2015 has always said very clearly — and we have demonstrated it with the investment for structuring transportation in the Quebec City region—we are there for public transit projects. Now, which projects to fund? It depends on the nature of these projects,” he explains.
“Like everyone else, I want to know more,” he adds.
Last week, the federal minister said that the abandonment of the project for a third highway link between Quebec and Lévis was a “relief” for many.