Crying “waste of public funds”, six environmental organizations launched a coalition on Tuesday to urge Quebecers to mobilize against the third link project and kill it in the bud.
« [Lundi], no one has demonstrated the usefulness and necessity of this project, ”argued Marc-André Viau, of the Équiterre organization.
The coalition calls into question in particular that between 50,000 and 55,000 people will use the future tunnel every day, as the Legault government has affirmed. Only 9,000 cars from Lévis travel in the morning to the area east of the bridges, said Étienne Grandmont, of Accès transports viable, based on a study by the Quebec Ministry of Transport. “The needs have not been demonstrated. There has still not been a presentation of a needs study or opportunity for a third link, ”he said.
“To this day, there is still not a transport specialist who has said that it would be good to have a third link in Quebec,” said Alexandre Turgeon, of the Regional Environment Council (CRÉ ) of the Capitale-Nationale.
In their eyes, the Québec-Lévis tunnel and the highway widening announced on Monday risk increasing dependence on the automobile, fostering urban sprawl and increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The coalition, which launched a “national” online petition, is calling not only the population of the capital region, but all Quebecers.
According to Sarah V. Doyon of Trajectoire Québec, the project constitutes a “shameless waste of public funds”. With $ 10 billion, “we could finance 978 new schools, 39 hospitals like the one in Baie-Saint-Paul and 84,000 community housing units,” she argued.
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