the ball in Ottawa’s court

the ball in Ottawa’s court
the ball in Ottawa’s court

“We are willing to invest more in the project, provided that the federal government does the same,” responds the office of Quebec Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charette, in a written statement to Sun.

Despite a bill increasing by 50 million compared to 2021, the City of Quebec still considers itself ready to move forward with the realization of a project to sell steam from the incinerator to the new hospital complex of the CHU de Quebec.

But to do this, the Legault government will have to agree to inject significant additional sums to cover its share of the bill, requested last week the vice-president of the City’s executive committee, Marie-Josée Asselin.

Increased from 44 to around 90 million, the evaluation of construction costs proved too expensive for the City, which requested renewed – and improved – support from its government partners who were completing the financial package.

“At the moment we continue to have discussions with the [ministère de l’Environnement] on this subject, explains municipal spokesperson Jean-Pascal Lavoie. But it will also require additional commitment from the federal government to be able to move forward in the form planned so far.

The Quebec government itself makes this a condition sine qua non to its own commitment. “We are ready to cover half of the project’s overrun costs if the federal government commits to the other part,” says Amélie Moffet, press secretary to Minister Benoit Charette.

Originally, the three levels agreed in July 2021 for a sharing of 16.9 million for Ottawa and 14.1 million for Quebec. The City had to pay the remaining 12.8 million.

The steam from the Quebec incinerator was to allow the Enfant-Jésus hospital to become the “first carbon-neutral hospital” in Quebec, with the removal of 10,000 tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

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