By lifting the Quebec-Lewis tunnel as the “worst project”, Franకోois Legalt probably demonstrated his clarity in front of a project without a solid foundation, but on the other hand, justified the very bad investment of billions of dollars drawn from Quebezer’s pockets.
After the federal election, the Prime Minister was shocked to learn that “no one offered him a better project” than the third link. He added more this week by calling the tunnel a “less crap project”.
The truth is that Mr. Legalt probably (finally) realized that he had been badly advised in this file by agreeing to do a major project for the Quebec area.
Sock without bottom
Stuck, the government still has not demonstrated the need for the tunnel and, worse, the costs have not yet been accurately calculated.
Many other solutions could be put forward, but CAQ closed its eyes and stuck to its dogmatic project.
The “lowest garbage project” in the world, the deepest and longest in North America, could become a shallow pit for Quebec’s economy.
This is even more true since federal government participation is not guaranteed. Trudeau Liberals have never shown hunger and the Conservative Party is likely to rebuild itself in the coming years.
But never mind, Quebec funds the “worst” of projects, if necessary, ruled by Mr. Legalt. As a matter of solidarity, he also refused to set maximum support for his government. Its transport minister, Franకోois Bonnardell, said it would have to wait until 2025 for a more accurate idea of costs.
For a party that decides to tackle the fine management of public finance, that is true.