Full house in support of the Quebec tramway

Nearly 500 people came to the Horizon Center in Vieux-Limoilou to send a message on the eve of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday. The government must adopt decrees allowing the City of Quebec to take the next step in its tramway project and launch calls for proposals.

Rally organizer Sol Zanetti and Quebec Liberal Party MP Marwah Rizqy

Photo: Radio-Canada / Frederic Vigeant

The organizer of the rally, the solidarity deputy for downtown Quebec, Sol Zanetti, fears that the government will continue to put spokes in the wheels of the project. He still does not trust the government. He even fears that the province will impose a referendum on the population on the public transport project.

What I fear is that we will delay the project again and that we will put conditions that are dilatory just to waste time and increase the costs of the project and pull the “plogue”said Sol Zanetti.

The spokesperson for the official opposition responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, Marwah Rizqy, did not fail to recall that the citizens of Quebec voted last November for a mayor in favor of the tramway. This is proof of the social acceptability of the project, according to her.

If ever François Legault dares to ask for a referendum [sur le tramway]well I want one on the nickel and I want one on the 3rd link! »

A quote from Marwah Rizqy, Member of the Liberal Party of Quebec and spokesperson for the Capitale-Nationale region
Limoilou city councilor Jackie Smith called for greater mobilization around the project so that the

Limoilou city councilor Jackie Smith called for greater mobilization around the project so that the “government delivers the tramway now”.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Frederic Vigeant

About thirty people took the floor: representatives of groups of youth citizens, seniors, neighborhoods. Academics specializing in mobility and politicians also made their voices heard.

I want to thank Prime Minister François Legault, without whom we would never have been here this evening.said Limoilou city councilor Jackie Smith. If we want a tramway, we must mobilize now!

The need to look at the long term, according to citizens

The president of the Société de développement commercial Saint-Roch, François Lebel, admitted to having questioned the tramway project during the pandemic, but the owner of a grocery store on Saint-Joseph explained to the crowd that the City must take a long-term view of mobility.

Seriously, can we just mobilize so that public transit stops being a poor child, stops being seen as a wart in Quebec City?exposed François Lebel.

François Lebel is the president of the SDC Saint-Roch and owner of a grocery store on rue Saint-Joseph.

François Lebel is the president of the SDC Saint-Roch and owner of a grocery store on rue Saint-Joseph.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Frederic Vigeant

Michel Couturier, a citizen of the Lairet district, was also present with his wife to hear the speeches.

We got a report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which tells us that the peak of oil consumption must be reached in 2025. If we want it to go down, what we need is not a 3rd link, it’s a structuring transport system that covers the Rive- South and North Shorebelieves the resident of Quebec.

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