Mayors united, yet divided on Champlain Bridge toll

Montreal-area mayors are united in their opposition to a toll on the new Champlain Bridge.

But when it comes to putting their thoughts on paper for a joint statement , they are divided.

The disagreement came to light after the South Shore Chamber of Commerce scheduled, and then cancelled, a ceremonial signing ceremony last week.

The Journal de Montreal this morning says there is no question that the communities oppose charging a fee to motorists crossing the bridge, they just can't agree on the wording of a letter they want to send to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

A Chamber of Commerce spokesman says it's not easy to reach a consensus among 20 mayors because everyone wants to have a say in the wording.

In the end, the Prime Minister will be getting a letter signed only by the head of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce.

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  1. joeN posted on 05/01/2014 08:20 AM
    20 Mayors who are stuck in lala land. It's time to put tolls on all bidges leading to the island of montreal. If you don't want to pay, don't come and stay off island.
  2. Paul posted on 05/01/2014 09:08 AM
    Former Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay actually requested the tolls. He said he wanted them
  3. I Speak E F posted on 05/01/2014 09:35 AM
    Why don't they use that $9 million they want to spend on Place du Canada and pay the tolls.
  4. Jeff in MTL posted on 05/01/2014 11:08 AM
    Let's put it this way:
    I Don't own a car
    I Don't drive on the Bridges
    My in hell should my Tax dollars go towards paying for a new bridge?
    Put tolls on All the bridges and let those who refuse to use Public transport pay the extra $$$ that is needed to maintain the roads.
    Make the drivers pay a little extra and you'll have more cash for that giant hole in the provincial budget.
    Don't like to pay a little extra to drive into town alone? Use any of the 20 + bus lines that run into the city! You can avoid the Tolls and spend less on Gas!
  5. Stephen posted on 05/01/2014 11:39 AM
    It's the typical QC mentality of wanting everything for free. We've become a province of narcissistic freeloaders, demanding "free" daycare, "free" tuition, you name it, we want the ROC to pay for it. Harper has already made it clear,"No tolls, no bridge". People head off island for lower housing prices and property taxes but continue to work in the city profiting from city infrastructure. The least they could do is chip in for a bridge they want to use EVERY DAY! Sheesh.
  6. SStM posted on 05/02/2014 10:35 AM
    Here's an example that serves as a legitimate guide although the price ought to be lower for Montreal. In New York City : To cross the George Washington Bridge or use the tunnels from New Jersey, it costs $9.00 off peak for "E-ZPass" off peak hours, $11 "E-ZPass" during peak hours , and $13 Cash at all hours. There are "E-ZPass" discounts for low emission green cars and car pool plans. Trucks cost more.
    The toll is ONLY one way. It is ALWAYS FREE to go from New York City towards New Jersey.
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