3rd link: François Legault wants to make demographic forecasts lie | Elections Quebec 2022

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3rd link: François Legault wants to make the demographic forecasts lie | Élections Québec 2022

François Legault, leader of the Coalition avenir Québec.

François Legault pays little attention to the demographic forecasts that anticipate a decline in the working population of Lévis by 2031. The leader of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) hopes to reverse the trend by making the greater Quebec City region “a second metropolis .

I want more newcomers to settle in greater Quebec. I want more companies with good salaries to set up in the greater Quebec City region, explained François Legault compared to the forecasts of the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ). According to him, the construction of a four-lane tunnel to connect downtown Quebec and Lévis is not called into question by the anticipated decline in the working-age population on the South Shore.

“I think that with our ambitions, there will be population growth in Greater Quebec and, already, the current situation shows congestion on both bridges. »

— François Legault, leader of the Coalition avenir Québec

Although he admits that the project, valued at 6.5 billion, is ambitious, the co-head of Québec solidaire considers it archaic. This is misplaced ambition to increase urban sprawl. It is the ambition to continue building projects from the past. It's a somewhat outdated ambition, I find, critic Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

Gabriel Nadeau -Dubois, parliamentary leader of Québec solidaire

It's starting to be 5 to 0, he continues. There are a whole series of studies that show that the third link is not necessary and, on the other side, there are none that demonstrate the real need, the #x27;effectiveness, third link relevance. You can't spend billions of dollars on feelings.

For his part, the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec continues to demand all the studies carried out in recent years, in particular on the project for a bridge to the east as proposed by his party. Éric Duhaime wonders in particular if the demographic forecasts of the ISQ have already been integrated into certain analyzes concerning the third link.

This reinforces our desire to have studies that have been made precisely on the bridge to the east. We want to know if it was taken into consideration, what forecasts were taken in the studies that were commissioned and paid for by Quebec taxpayers.

Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec

Be that as it may, he remains convinced that the region needs to complete the highway with a new link in the tip of Île d'Orléans sector, since the demographic boom has already taken place, regardless of whether the labor force will decline slightly over the next few years. We've been talking about the bridge to the east for 60 or 70 years. The demographics changed a lot and the population of the South Shore increased considerably during those decades.

Éric Duhaime maintains that a bridge would have the advantage of being less expensive and to allow the passage of hazardous materials.

Dominique Anglade denounces the aberration of François Legault, who defends his political decision to build a tunnel without supporting studies. [Monday] it was absurd. He has launched research chair programs to go and develop science and at the same time he says: “Basically, science I really don't care about because I'm going to do my project anyway”, denounces the leader of the Liberal Party.

At the Parti Québécois, the leader took the opportunity to recall that he is the only one to propose a third link entirely devoted to public transit. Paul Saint-Pierre-Plamondon argues that this option would reduce some traffic problems while encouraging some densification on the side of downtown Lévis.

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