Mr. Villeneuve had it in his heart on Monday night at City Council. The abandonment of phase 4 of the Samuel-De Champlain promenade by the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) in favor of the Québec-Lévis tunnel and the development of the East Coastal Innovation Zone (ZILE) is the last straw. water that overflows the vase.
The project is no longer on the government’s priorities. It was confirmed by the Minister responsible for the National Capital Region, Geneviève Guilbault Journal de Québec. Claude Villeneuve reproaches her for having a casual tone, without much regard for the citizens of Quebec she represents.
Yet Phase 4 was one of the commitments of the CAQ
The Coalition avenir Québec will support the Phase 4 project to restore citizens’ access to the river throughout Quebec City.
Claude Villeneuve believes that Geneviève Guilbault is not defending the interests of the people of Quebec well enough. In addition to the abandonment of Samuel-De Champlain Drive, he cites as an example the delays of his party in the tram and the entry into force of the new nickel standard, decried by the citizens and politicians of the City of Quebec.
« The government does not respect Quebec. The Quebec government does not respect Quebec City, it does not respect its capital. And that’s very frustrating. »
He blames her for supporting the South Shore projects a little too much.
When it comes to Quebec City’s interests, Ms. Guilbault looks across the river. According to him, Minister Guilbault is
the worst minister in the National Capital we’ve ever had.
Claude Villeneuve believes that the mayor of Quebec will have to show Herculean leadership to put the clocks back on time.
To reassure himself, Bruno Marchand took up the reference of Greek mythology.
I am ready to face the Hydra of Lerne to tell you how ready I am, he said, from the start. Bruno Marchand is disappointed and surprised by the abandonment of phase 4.
This is something that makes the people of Quebec proud.
He acknowledges, however, that the development of this sector cannot take place without the support of the Quebec government. The project involves transforming the Dufferin-Montmorency highway into an urban boulevard and restoring access to the river for citizens.
We need it, he repeated. The promenade project is perfectly in line with the requalification of the sector, which includes the arrival of the tram in the Estimauville sector, the creation of the innovation zone and, possibly, the development of the Québec-Lévis tunnel.
The opposition leader’s speech only garnered support at City Hall.
The people of Beauport have expectations, said Chvens-Montmorency-Seigneurial District Councilor Stevens Melançon. It is reassuring to see that the elected officials all agreed not to abandon the project.
Robert-Giffard District Official Opposition Councilor Isabelle Roy has argued that it is unimaginable that Montmorency Falls, one of Quebec City’s most important attractions, is locked by a highway.
Mayor Marchand has promised to put Phase 4 on his next grocery list for the fall provincial election.
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