MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Consultations on the project for the new
bridge over the St. Lawrence continued today. The Honourable Denis
Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions
of Quebec, met with the mayors of Montreal, Longueuil and Brossard this
afternoon to hear their concerns on this matter.
Following his meeting with economic and business stakeholders in the
Montreal region on October 31, the Minister had a productive meeting
with the mayors about the future bridge. He listened to what they had
to say about the issue of tolling and public transit, and discussed the
cities' current and future needs regarding this crossing.
"The views of the Montreal, Longueuil and Brossard mayors are essential
to a good planning process for the new bridge over the St. Lawrence,"
said Minister Lebel. "That is why I am listening to their opinions. The
efficiency of this corridor for drivers, public transit users and
truckers contributes to the quality of life of residents and workers of
greater Montreal, and is a vital part of the economy of the region and
the country as a whole."
"Holding these consultations, six weeks after the federal government
confirmed construction of a new bridge, shows Minister Lebel's firm
intention to proceed as quickly as possible with this project. The fact
that we are already at work on this file proves that the needs of the
citizens of greater Montreal are a priority for the Canadian
government. As mayor of Montreal and president of the Montreal Urban
Community, I reconfirm to Minister Lebel my complete cooperation," said
Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay.
"I welcome the federal government making the South Shore a partner in
this major project, because we contribute to the metropolitan region's
economic growth on a daily basis. This new bridge will guarantee the
flow of commerce between our two river banks that amounts to more than
$20 billion per year. I am also reassured by Minister Lebel's
commitment to integrate public transit on the new bridge so that it
will be built to accommodate a vision of sustainable development," said
Longueil Mayor Caroline St-Hilaire.
"The City of Brossard is pleased to contribute to the consultation
process initiated by Minister Lebel to get the construction project for
the new bridge underway. Just a few weeks after the official
announcement, we see the commitment of the federal government to moving
this file forward. As mayor of one of the cities most affected by the
impact of building the new bridge, the minister and other stakeholders
will be able to count on my complete cooperation throughout the
process," said Brossard Mayor Paul Leduc.
Preliminary work on the new bridge over the St. Lawrence is progressing.
Over the coming months, the federal government will continue to meet
with key partners, including representatives of the Government of
On October 5, 2011, Minister Lebel announced that the Government of
Canada will proceed with a new crossing to replace the existing
Champlain Bridge. The six-lane bridge is the busiest vehicular bridge
in Canada. An estimated 11 million public transit commuters, 60 million
vehicles and $20 billion in international trade cross it annually. The
bridge is an essential trade corridor for the regional economy and
benefits the national economy. It also responds to the objectives of
Canada's gateway strategies.
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