South Shore merchants say no to tolls on Champlain Bridge

Launching an online petition in the new year

While the provincial and federal governments are still at odds about the idea of tolls on the new Champlain Bridge, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce is speaking out about them, with an online petition.

It says while members are happy about an earlier delivery date, they were hard hit over the weekend with the partial closure of the Champlain Bridge and fear that if tolls are introduced sales will be worse.

“We saw that there was a slow down on sales over the weekend. At this time of year, we can pin point the problem to the super beam installation and the closures,” Jacques Olivier Jr, President of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, said.

“If you live in Montreal and you want to go shopping on the South Shore, I am not sure that you will be ready to pay tolls or deal with congestion problems."

The group, which has 1800 members, had launched a petition against the tolls in November, but Olivier says they put it on hold when security concerns surrounding the bridge were brought up.

They will be launching a new petition on their web site as of January.

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  1. LMAO posted on 12/04/2013 11:16 AM
    Maybe the slow down was because folks are choosing not to spend gas money to make the trip or maybe they are finding better deals in Montreal. A price war for goods would be a welcome thing though for Quebec shoppers after years of paying over the odds for goods in this Province. Scare mongering is a poor substitute for better marketing strategies and pricing.
  2. NOBODY posted on 12/04/2013 01:38 PM
    then put the tolls in the direction to Montreal and not towards South Shore. A toll is needed because there is insufficient funds. show the goverment the money. OR all the merchants who resides from the south shore pay an EXTRA tax to pay for the bridge. dont expect montreal people to pay for that bridge.
  3. walter posted on 12/04/2013 04:16 PM
    The question is??????????????????????????????????????????????
    Why do tolls only on bridges....Why not every street in town??????
    Why not every highway that is built.
  4. Drew posted on 12/05/2013 12:28 AM
    Why people live in the south shore is the city taxes are lower then Montreal . We in the South Shore do not get gouged like in Montreal. We do not have a water meter like Montreal. We do not have to pay parking all malls are free and some have free indoor parking that is heated for the winter. We have drive ways in the south shore and do not worry about parking on the street. Our cities are not falling apart it looks like we lent our orange cones to Montreal. Panama bus depot going to Montreal is free parking Going to the New York State or Vermont we do not have to cross a bridge. We can ski and do not have to go off Island. South Shore residents do not have to shop in Montreal we have a the same stores and restaurants here. " don't expect Montreal people to pay for that bridge." Hey you live on an Island not me
  5. Walter posted on 12/05/2013 06:54 AM
    Why is it always the bridges that get the tolls?
    Why not every infrastructure that is being made?
    That the problem with tolls....IT effect only a certain part of the population?
    Should I who never use the Med have to pay to use it?

    We all need theses routes....ALL OVER QUEBEC!
    Today I help you pay for a bridge tomorrow you help me pay for a new Overpass or 20 new over passes.
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