Third link: a study completed in 2020 still not disclosed

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Third ;me link: a study completed in 2020 still not disclosed

The study looked at the effects of major infrastructure projects, such as the third link, on land use planning.

For more than two years, the Quebec government has had in its hands a study on the potential effects of the third Quebec-Lévis link on the development of the territory. However, the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) refuses to reveal it to the public, for the moment.

Radio-Canada tried to obtain a copy from the MTQ communications department, without success. The MTQ website also shows that a request for access to documents from public bodies was also refused on this subject a few months ago.

The documents requested constitute "opinions and recommendations" and cannot be disclosed under sections 37 to 39 of the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information, explains MTQ spokesperson Bryan Gélinas.

< p class="e-p">However, this argument is called into question by the comments of a source well versed in the case who requested anonymity because she is not authorized to speak about it publicly.

According to our source, this study carried out at a cost of $114,586 by the Department of Services to Organizations of ÉNAP is neither an argument for nor an argument against the project third link.

It is rather a simple review of the literature on major infrastructure projects similar to the third link and their consequences on residential, commercial and industrial development, as well as on the protection of agricultural land.

< p class="e-p">The study also identifies the various development tools and methods […] implemented within the framework of the installation of infrastructure or major equipment, according to the research estimate which is available online.< /p>

Our source therefore believes that it is difficult to understand why the MTQ persists in not disclosing this study which was delivered to it at the beginning of 2020, especially more than it was paid for by public funds.

When it was in opposition to the National Assembly, François Legault's Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) accused the Liberal Party (PLQ) then in power of lacking transparency by not disclosing available studies on the subject from the third link.

The Ministry of Transport continues to be, in our opinion, a kind of hole from which no information transpires, lamented the CAQ MP Éric Caire during a point of press in 2016.

Two years later, after the CAQ came to power, Radio-Canada was nevertheless refused an access request concerning the study of feasibility of a tunnel between Quebec and Île d'Orléans.

During the unveiling of the most recent version of the Quebec-Lévis tunnel, last April, Transport Minister François Bonnardel had been questioned about the apparent absence of new studies concerning the project.

Mr. Bonnardel then replied that when all the documents can be made available, we will.

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