Champlain Bridge: Cannon must come clear



    MONTREAL, Sept. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Following Radio-Canada's scoop
concerning the critical condition of the Champlain Bridge, Roxane Stanners,
Alexandra Mendes, Pierre Diamond and Ryan Hillier, the South Shore's liberal
candidates, demand that the Minister of Transport, Lawrence Cannon, come clear
on the issue.

    "Mr Cannon must come clear once and for all. He must explain to Quebecers
    where the studies currently stand and what is the transportations
    strategy envisioned by the Conservatives for the South Shore. Otherwise,
    he must recognize that he made empty political promises about the
    construction of a new Champlain bridge - promises that were later refuted
    by the Conservative leader himself. He must also tell us when, precisely,
    he took notice of the alarming reports concerning the bridge's state,
    what he has done since then, and what he will do in the future."

    During the cancelled by-election campaign in Saint-Lambert, the
Conservative candidate, Patrick Clune, centered his campaign on the
reconstruction of the Champlain Bridge. The Minister of Transport, Lawrence
Cannon, was at first opposed to M. Clune's position, but later flipped on his
own position and announced that a new bridge would be built. Finally,
Mr Harper asserted that no definitive decision had been taken concerning the
future of the bridge.

    "Instead of politicizing the issue, the next Minister of Transport must
    act quickly on the matter, not only because it affects the routine of the
    thousands of users that take the bridge every day, but also because it
    affects their security."

    Let us remember that during the 2006 campaign, the Conservatives had
promised to repaint the Pont de Québec. That bridge is still awaiting its
renovation.




For further information:

For further information: Louise Fleischmann, Roxane Stanners Campaign,
(450) 671-5700; Source: Mathieu Filion, Liberal Party of Canada - Quebec
Section, (514) 219-9148

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