Legault promises an assistance program for municipalities for access to drinking water


Legault promises an aid program to municipalities for access to drinking water

Premier François Legault at a press conference in Saint-Michel, Montérégie

Quebec will come to the aid of municipalities that are struggling with a problem of access to drinking water.

Premier François Legault said Thursday morning that he intends to come up with a program soon where a large part will be paid for by the Government of Quebec because we know very well that the cost associated with this will not cannot be assumed by municipalities.

Mr. Legault was in Saint-Michel in Montérégie to present his candidate in Huntingdon, Carole Mallette, who herself alluded to the problems of access to drinking water in her region.

< p class="e-p">The Prime Minister had already faced this question on Tuesday when he was visiting Venise-en-Québec. He promised to financially support the municipality of Clarenceville, which is also facing difficulty in accessing drinking water and which estimates the investment required to solve the problem at $22 million.

In 2022, everyone must have drinking water in Quebec, so it's clear that this problem must be solved, he said then , stating that he understood very well that a municipality could not absorb a bill of this magnitude.

Thursday, however, he went much further, pointing out that this is an increasingly important issue. It is calculated that there are 600 places in Quebec where there is a problem.

The Premier of Quebec has indicated that discussions are underway with the Ministry of Health. #x27;Agriculture and that they must be completed soon.

Carole Mallette will be the CAQ candidate in Huntingdon.

Carole Mallette will try to retain the Huntingdon seat , narrowly acquired in 2018 by caquiste Claire IsaBelle, who had snatched him with only 711 votes in advance, thus dislodging the liberal Stéphane Billette who had held him for three terms.

Ms. Mallette, an engineer and businesswoman, is the former President and CEO of Usinages Mallette, of Saint-Michel.

Later during the day, the CAQ leader traveled to Châteauguay to present his candidate in the riding of the same name.

Here too, Mr. Legault's choice fell on a businesswoman, the general manager of the Châteauguay dental clinic and president of the Chambre of Commerce and Industry of Greater Roussillon, Marie-Belle Gendron.

Ms. Gendron will also seek to keep Châteauguay in the CAQ fold. The riding was wrested from Liberal Pierre Moreau by engineer MarieChantal Chassé in 2018.

Mrs. ;was revealed to be difficult, thanked Chateauguay supporters and said of his time in politics that it's true that it hasn't always been easy.


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