Léger Marketing poll - Quebeckers are ready for a return of tolls

    MONTREAL, Oct. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a Léger Marketing poll
commissioned by the Montreal Economic Institute, more than half of Quebeckers
(52%) hold the view that tolls are the best of several suggested options for
getting highway users to finance rebuilding projects. The poll was conducted
to accompany the release of three Economic Notes by the Institute on financing
the maintenance of highways through public-private partnerships and tolls.
    Nearly three out of five Quebeckers (59%) favour making users solely or
mainly responsible for financing renewal of the road network.
    Moreover, substantial majorities of Quebeckers would agree that, if tolls
were established to make users pay, they should be placed on Quebec's main
highways (67%), near the bridges and tunnel leading to Montreal (64%) or on
the entire Quebec highway network (58%).
    Nearly eight out of 10 respondents (78%) favour electronic tolls if the
funds collected were used to repair the highways where the tolls were
    The poll Opinion of Quebeckers on Road Network Funding was published in
collaboration with Léger Marketing. It is available at www.iedm.org

    The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
non-profit body that takes part in public policy debate in Quebec and across
Canada, offering wealth creation solutions on matters of taxation, regulation,
and reform of health and education systems. Its publications since 2000 have
included the Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools. In 2004 it won a
Templeton Freedom Award for Institute Excellence for the quality of its
management and public relations.

For further information:

For further information: and interview requests: André Valiquette,
Director of Communications, Montreal Economic Institute, (514) 273-0969 ext.
2225, Cell: (514) 574-0969, avaliquette@iedm.org

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