5 challenges for the future Minister of the Capitale-Nationale

5 challenges for the future Minister of the Capitale-Nationale

UPGRADE DAY

After Geneviève Guilbault's tumultuous tenure as Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, what are the challenges for Jonatan Julien, who will occupy the position once held by personalities like Sam Hamad and Agnès Maltais? Here is an overview with a university expert well versed in the files. 

During the election campaign, François Legault argued that he had an “ambitious vision” for the greater Quebec City region.

QUÉBEC, SECOND METROPOLIS

During the election campaign, François Legault pledged to make Québec the second metropolis of Quebec, after Montreal.

The Caquiste leader has promised $450 million to achieve this, by betting, among other things, on an increase in immigration to the region, in order to promote faster population growth.

The government must not not to lose sight of the fact that Quebec is first and foremost the national capital of Quebec, a status framed in a law, recalls Philippe Dubois, assistant professor in public communication and politics at the National School of Public Administration (ÉNAP).

“The relocation of civil servants to the regions and teleworking could have effects on social and economic vitality”, he observes. 

TWO AGING BRIDGES TO PRESERVE

While it's a safe bet that the third link is likely to occupy a lot of media space, the preservation of the first two highway links between Quebec and Lévis will be a must.

The Quebec Bridge was inaugurated in 1919 and has been rusting for years.

Quebec refuses to take out the checkbook to help Ottawa to buy it back from CN.

Overloaded, the Pierre-Laporte bridge, which is 52 years old, requires major work and could still cause many problems for motorists and the government. 

UN 3< strong>e LINK TO SELL AND DEFEND

After four years in power, most questions about this flagship commitment of the CAQ remained unanswered.

As a result, the $6.5 billion megaproject became a rock that François Legault carried around in his shoes throughout the election campaign.

According to Philippe Dubois, this is “one of the government’s main political communication challenges”. And it's not just a local issue, “the critics are not going to be silent and they are pan-Quebecers”, underlines the professor. 

IMPROVING RELATIONS WITH THE MAYOR FROM QUEBEC

Geneviève Guilbault often found herself at loggerheads with Mayor Régis Labeaume, as with Bruno Marchand.

“The appointment of the next minister of the Capitale-Nationale is likely to set the tone,” considers Mr. Dubois. The CAQ will certainly be closely followed by elected municipal officials with regard to phase IV of the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain. 

TRANSPORT IN PUBLIC IN BONIFIER

The Legault government, which promises to set up reserved lanes along existing roads, remains a partner in the Ville de Québec tramway project.

We saw this during the negotiations on cost overruns.

“A significant proportion of the population and elected municipal officials expect the development of public transit to be a priority, all while the debate on the tramway still exists in the background,” believes Mr. Dubois.

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