3rd link between Quebec and Lévis: the bridge proposed by Éric Duhaime would cost $3 billion to $5 billion

3rd link between Quebec and Lévis: the bridge proposed by Éric Duhaime would cost $3B to $5B

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The bridge proposed by the Conservatives to connect Quebec City and Lévis, via Île d'Orléans, could cost between $3 billion and $5 billion, estimates Éric Duhaime.

For the past week, the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec has been insisting that a bridge costs half the price of a tunnel. But that does not mean that it is committed to delivering a third link for 50% of the $6.5 billion bill announced by the Legault government.  

“I do not rely on the costs of the government or the current project office. I rely on what the engineers tell us: that it costs about half as much to build above water as to build below water. It has nothing to do with the Quebec project in particular,” he explained on Monday, on the sidelines of a press briefing to announce his commitments in terms of sport and preventive health.  

The PCQ foresees a two-lane bridge in each direction and envisages an interconnection for public transport. Asked to quantify the project, Mr. Duhaime evaluated the infrastructure “between $3 billion and $5 billion, depending on whether public transport is added and what type of public transport is used on the bridge”. &nbsp ;

Last week, Éric Duhaime, however, assured that the option of a bridge would save Quebec taxpayers “billions of dollars”. Part of this sum, he said, could be used to bury the pylons located on Île d'Orléans.   

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The leader of the PCQ was on the grounds of Laval University on Monday to unveil his commitments to physical activity. He was accompanied for the occasion by former football player Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, who is an activist in his training.  

Éric Duhaime and Arnaud Gascon-Nadon

The Conservatives promise six changes to get people moving. However, few details were available for each commitment.  

Thus, schools would be required to impose 30 minutes of physical education each day. Who would be responsible for supervising the young people? “I think that the unions will be in good faith and I hope that for children's sport they will be ready to negotiate with us”, says Éric Duhaime.  

The opening of school infrastructure outside school hours, it could be entrusted to volunteers.  

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The PCQ also promises to invest “massively” in sports infrastructure and eliminate the QST on expenses related to physical activity (equipment, gym, etc.). The cost of these measures, ensures Mr. Duhaime, will be revealed in the financial framework.  

Finally, the Conservatives want to allow doctors to “give a medical prescription for physical activity”, by no more creating “national” Quebec sports teams.

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