Eastern REM: the Liberal Party defends Valérie Plante

REM de l’Est: the Liberal Party defends Valérie Plante

Liberal MNA André Fortin

The City of Montreal should be consulted on the future of the public transit network , believes the Liberal Party of Quebec, which is defending Mayor Valérie Plante in the matter of the REM de l’Est.

The Mayor of Montreal regrets that her administration was not surveyed about the route of the REM de l'Est and its urban integration. The project has received strong criticism from the STM and the ARTM in recent days.

Liberal Party elected officials say they understand Valérie Plante “when she says she feels cornered, that she is up against the wall.

“It is not a way to work with its partners, reacted the deputy for Pontiac, André Fortin. It is not a collaborative way to say that everyone but us is biased. I think the government owes better than that for the people of Montreal East.”

Everyone agrees that there are major mobility issues in the East, that we need solutions for the people of Rivière-des-Prairies, Montreal-Nord and Pointe-aux -Trembles. 

André Fortin, MP for Pontiac

The current proposed route is questioned by Mr. Fortin given that it is “parallel to the green line which already exists “. Valérie Plante has also been insisting since Wednesday on the possibility of improving the project.

In addition to having a voice in the consultations surrounding the REM de l’Est, the City of Montreal wants the project to benefit from a separate component for urban development and that its funding be provided by the Government of Quebec.

Change of tone

At the National Assembly, François Legault was questioned many times by the opposition concerning his collaboration with Montreal for the Eastern REM. “We have excellent ties, the mayor and I,” he said several times.

“It's a great project, and the mayor of Montreal supports it. We promised each other, no later than two days ago, that as soon as possible, the two of us, with of course the Minister responsible for the Metropolis, we will make a nice announcement of a nice adjusted project “, assured Mr. Legault.

“Incompetence” and “lack of leadership”

“The CAQ’incompetence” could ” give public transport a bad name,” said Québec solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

“If we develop this public transport that does not meet the needs of the world, well, the world will think that public transport is a useless expense, he reasons. And that is the fundamental danger with the Eastern REM project: that public transit is given bad press and that it is perceived as electoral and economic adventures rather than as projects to improve people's lives. and better meet their daily needs.”

It has to improve the practical life of the citizens of eastern Montreal. This is not the case with the current project. The CAQ must change its attitude now.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire

The Parti Québécois (PQ) accuses the government of “lacking leadership” and of negligence. “We did not follow closely what was going on. And what do we have right now? A project that is poorly put together, that does not meet needs, that poses environmental problems,” denounces chef Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.

“We don't want to go back to the blue line or to other projects which, in the East, have been abandoned. Because it happens too often,” he continues.

During the next six months, a consultation table concerning the project must be formed between the government, the Caisse de dépôt, the ARTM, the STM and the City of Montreal, estimates the PQ.

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