3rd link: Lehouillier worried about the “silence” of CAQ elected officials

3rd link: Lehouillier worried about the “silence” of CAQ elected officials
3rd link: Lehouillier worried about the “silence” of CAQ elected officials

Gilles Lehouillier said he was “worried” by “the silence” of the elected representatives of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) who do not dare, according to him, to publicly express their support for the project of 3e link.

This is what the mayor of Lévis said on Wednesday, on the sidelines of an announcement and a few days before the publication of the conclusions of the highly anticipated report from the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) Infra on mobility in the Capitale-Nationale region.

“The silence of all the CAQ deputies around the highway link impresses and astonishes me. While the community is mobilizing for the motorway link, we no longer hear them, he lamented. Behind the scenes, they all say that they agree with the motorway link, but here we seem to want to rely on the Caisse de dépôt et placement.”

Questioned on the same subject later in the afternoon, the mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, did not take offense at the fact that the CAQ elected officials “let the Caisse work”.

Recommendations”

Assuring that he does not know the conclusions of the CDPQ report below and does not know if this body will formally recommend a third inter-river link, Mr. Lehouillier wanted to recall that this document will contain “recommendations” and that it will be up to the Legault government to decide on the rest of things.

Mayor Lehouillier added that he would especially not want “the government to run away and use the Caisse de dépôt to put an end to the motorway link project”.

The latter also maintained that the minister (and deputy for Lévis) Bernard Drainville was one of the rare politicians to publicly discuss the megaproject two months ago. “Mr. Drainville tried to tell the Chamber of Commerce and it seemed like a disaster. I think he has the right to express the fact that he is in favor of the motorway link. But that doesn’t stop us from letting the Caisse de dépôt work,” added the mayor.

Division in government

Does this relative discretion reflect a lack of political courage among CAQ deputies? “I wouldn’t say they lack courage. But with the submission of the report from the Caisse de dépôt, the truth must become clear,” replied Mr. Lehouillier.

According to him, “the minister [Geneviève] Guilbault always said that it is [le rapport] is a first step. If ever, in the event that the motorway link was not there, that will require solid justifications.”

Gilles Lehouillier also believes he perceives a divide between elected officials from the Capitale-Nationale region and those from Montreal within the CAQ caucus and the Council of Ministers.

“It shows a deep division within the government,” he analyzed. It looks a lot like the liberal film from before 2018. We’re pretty much in the same waters. Unfortunately, the weight of Montreal, in the long run, becomes very important and it is more complicated for the rest of the regions.

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