Calls for an underground tunnel between superhospital and Vendome metro

COALITION MONTREAL

There's a call out for the Quebec government to build an underground tunnel linking the Vendome metro station to the new MUHC superhospital.

That was one of the subjects discussed at what's being billed as an unprecedented gathering elected officials from all four levels of government — including school board representatives — which came together Friday morning to discuss quality of life issues in the borough.

Most of the members of Parliament, MNAs, city councillors and school board commissioners whose jurisdictions fell in at least a part of the borough shoed up, or sent representatives.

The borough mayor, Russell Copeman, called the meeting essentially to get elected officials from various levels of government on the same page when it comes to important local issues in the city's largest borough.

"I sort of perceived a lack of cooperation to some extent on a broad scale with elected official from those four levels of government," Copeman says. We talk to each other all the time, but we had never sat around the same table...to discuss some of the major issues that cut across these various lines in order to improve the quality of life for our citizens."

Among the concrete actions that were taken — the MNAs, city councillors and school board officials agreed to draft a letter to premier Pauline Marois calling for the underground link between the Vendome metro station and the future superhospital.

Among some of the other subjects discussed, the long-talked about Cavendish Blvd. linkup, plans to create a new neighborhood on the old Blue Bonnets site, and preparations for the city's 375th anniversary in 2017.

Copeman called the meeting productive, and hopes to gather elected officials for this kind of gathering twice a year.

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