Bad news for West Island boulevard project
The Parti Quebecois says the Liberals' plan to help build a 6-lane boulevard west of the St-Charles is "not a necessary project" for the provincial government.
The Liberals had promised last summer to put down $40 million for an interchange onto highway 40, while the road itself would be paid for by the city of Montreal.
The street would have run north-south from Gouin boulevard to the 40.
But, today the Transport minister says Law 22 on the agglomeration of Montreal sets out the new on-ramps and interchange, as well as the road, as municipal responsibilities.
"We can not pay for a part of the road under the responsibility of the municipality. We pay for the Quebec (government's) roads," says minister Sylvain Gaudreault.
His press secretary later added that the Liberal announcement was an infraction of Law 22.
The minister did not want to make an announcement on the future boulevard today, but one exchange with a journalist was telling.
"That road project might not take place? Might not happen," said the reporter. Gaudreault responded: "Yeah, actually. yeah."
The Parti Quebecois government is supposed to announce which projects it will approve in a matter of weeks.
Part of several projects
The minister says about a dozen projects are under threat because, he says, the Liberals had not set aside the money for them. "The former ministers gave just dreams to the people of Quebec. It's absolutely a lack of responsibility."
Liberals, on the other hand, say it is the Parti Quebecois' cuts that are killing the projects.