More disagreements between the federal government and the province and towns over the always problematic Champlain Bridge.
But the issues go beyond the proposed tolls. Quebec City and Montreal-area municipalities say they are being sidelined by Ottawa.
At a news conference this morning, Montreal mayor Denis Coderre said he is not going to sit idly by as the federal government builds the bridge it wants over the St-Lawrence.
He was joined by provincial Transport Minister Sylvain Gaudreault, intergovernmental minister Alexandre Cloutuier and Longueuil mayor Caroline St-Hilaire.
They all agreed that Ottawa is treating them as a junior partner.
"We're not just a bunch of potted plants who are watching Canada and Quebec fight each other," he said. "If [Gaudreault] wants to be inclusive, we want the government of Canada to be inclusive too."
But the biggest issue remains that of tolls. Coderre has long said that tolls on the new bridge will penalize people using the busiest bridge in the country, will lead to tolls on other bridges and ultimately create a donut effect, whereby traffic and businesses simply bypass Montreal.
Federal Transport Minister Denis Lebel said tolls have always been envisioned in the project. But he said the bridge's users won't be the only ones paying for it.
"The tolls will not pay for the bridge [entirely]," he said. "There will be some federal money in the project. We don't know for the moment what the exact amount will be, we will know it when we sign the agreement with the partners in the project."
Ottawa expects to sign a private-public partnership agreement with a company by the summer, with construction expected to last between 2015 and 2018.
The cost will be between $3- and $5-billion.
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