NDP MPs on the South Shore are rallying their constituents this afternoon in their bid to convince the Harper government to abort its plan to impose tolls on the new Champlain Bridge.
NDP MP for Brossard-La Prairie Hoang Mai, his fellow MPs and volunteers are going door-to-door, handing out leaflets and gathering names for a petition.
Mai, who is also transport critic, said his constituents are upset that the Harper conservatives imposed the toll in an omnibus bill and ignore not only their concerns and opposition, but those of regional mayors and boards of trade.
"Their concern is, first of all, they've never been consulted. They haven't heard anything in respect to why there needs to be a toll and what will be the impact on other bridges," Mai told CJAD 800 News.
"There's a lot of concern for the people in the riding that, why should they have to pay for a bridge that is the busiest bridge in Canada but also is important for the economy of Canada."
As recently as this past week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has reinforced his government's resolve to charge tolls on the new bridge, insisting that Quebec knew it would have to contribute. Mai said he doesn't understand Harper's stubborness.
"I call it,.. I won't use the words that I actually use, but it's basically bullying. He's telling us, if you don't pay for the bridge, then you'll continue using the old bridge," Mai said.
Mai said they're also calling for the numbers and impact studies to back up the arguments for a toll bridge.