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.