Third Link: Group shots against François Legault | Elections Quebec 2022

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Third link  : group shots against Francçois Legault | &Elections Québec 2022

François Legault and Éric Duhaime engaged in a verbal battle over the issue of the third link.

The third link aroused passions during the last great televised debate of the Quebec election campaign broadcast by Radio-Canada. Curator Éric Duhaime has been particularly combative on this subject, repeatedly challenging CAQ leader François Legault and accusing him of having “let the people of Quebec down”.

Mr. Legault, who is doing the study and how much does the study you are talking about cost? launched Éric Duhaime many times. The head of the CAQ had just mentioned that a study on a third link was underway.

In response, François Legault did not name the firm, adding that he did not know exactly how much the study was going to cost.

What I do know, however, is that a study will be made on a downtown to downtown tunnel with four lanes, he retorted.

François Legault was questioned several times by Éric Duhaime about the third link.

Questioned by the host Patrice Roy to find out what he would do if the study concluded that the best option would be a bridge, François Legault said he has no intention of changing tack.

“Destroy the island of 'Orléans with a highway is not a good idea. »

— François Legault, leader of the Coalition avenir Québec

Liberal leader Dominique Anglade took the opportunity to jump into the fray.

That's the problem, Mr. Legault. No matter what science tells you, you have decided to go in one direction, she said.

Dominique Anglade speaks to François Legault during the leaders' debate.

They have been in power for four years and no study has been made public. There are studies that have been done, and we don't see them, they hide them from us.

“That's it, the issue with the third link: no one knows where we're going. »

—Dominique Anglade, Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party

The leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, continued by also throwing arrows at the CAQ leader.

Mr. Legault, you [already] said that it was a project that is political, and studies not studies, for political reasons, you were going to do it, said the leader of the PQ, recalling a past statement by Mr. Legault.< /p>

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon accused François Legault of not acting for the interest public about the third link.

He is proceeding for electoral reasons. That tells you how little the decisions of the CAQ are based on the public interest, continued the leader of the PQ.

The Conservative leader again challenged François Legault, reminding him that he did not want to reveal outdated studies, because they were carried out before the health crisis.

The studies that were made on the tram, they are also out of date, because there are 30% fewer users on the buses in Quebec right now. Are you going to put the tram project back on ice pending the renewal of new studies as well?

Calm, François Legault replied that the studies on the third link, c& #x27;was a link to the east with six lanes.

In a press conference after the debate, François Legault was confronted a second time with the question asked during the debate by Éric Duhaime about the third link. The CAQ chief was more talkative.

The project office is managed by civil servants and consultants, they are the ones who do the studies. It is not the politician who takes care of it, it is the project office, he added.

François Legault spoke to reporters after the debate.

To whether the third link could become the question of the ballot box, he recalls that the studies carried out concerned a link to the east. His opponent from the PCQ believes that this question could become one.

As for the usefulness of the commissioned study, he indicates that it will technically allow to have the best way to proceed, the entrances and exits, the expected traffic, the percentage that will be put for public transport and the cars that will be possibly electric.

In front of the journalists, Éric Duhaime maintained that he had particularly liked his discussions about the third link, which he described as revealing.

< p class="e-p">I was very surprised to see that he didn't know who was going to do the study he's been talking about for several days, he had no idea how much it was going to cost.

“It's getting more and more complex and more and more nebulous, this third link thing. »

— Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec

This was the second and final debate of the election campaign. However, the five aspiring prime ministers will be on the set of Everyone talks about it on Sunday.

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