January 22, 2022

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Greenhouse of the old Quebec Zoo: “We’ve throwing $ 14 million in the trash”

Greenhouse of the old Quebec Zoo: "We've throwing $ 14 million in the trash"

Liberal MP Christine Saint-Pierre CAQ hopes the government will put a stop to the greenhouse demolition project at the former Quebec Zoo, especially as more than 14,000 people have signed a petition to defend it.

“In the face of all this, we have probably told ourselves that the government will think twice before moving on,” Ms. St-Pierre was disappointed to see the start of demolition work.

Also read: Old Quebec Zoo: Greenhouse demolition begins

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According to her, it was possible to find a new profession for the building, which opened in 2002 and was abandoned four years later.

Christine Saint-Pierre.  Liberal MP

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Christine Saint-Pierre. Liberal MP

“We are throwing $ 14 million in the trash. In today’s dollars, it’s about $ 30 million. It’s in vain. It’s a total mess. We are dealing with people who are reluctant to listen and shut up. […] This is definitely awful. “

“The epidemic has taken a lot of power and it looks like the government is taking advantage of it to reverse its small tasks and take damaging measures,” she added.

Mrs. Saint-Pierre did not even hesitate to talk about the “leadership error”.

On behalf of the Coalition Avenir Quebec, we justify ourselves by saying that past governments have on many occasions provided an opportunity to address this issue, but have done nothing in this direction. Since 2006, several calls for proposals have gone unanswered.

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“The maintenance costs of the abandoned building are significant and there is no question that the school service center will bear the costs because it will reduce the services provided to students,” Press Secretary Florent Tanlet told the Minister of Education. ‘Education, Jean-Franకోois Roberz.

We know that the site will host secondary school, elementary school and sports facilities to cater to the needs of the population.

Jonathan Julian, Deputy Minister of Charlesburg, assured us that this natural place would be accessible to the public. “It is a concrete project for the population, past governments will be able to benefit from it after 12 years of inactivity,” he said through his press secretary.