With a meeting every two weeks, Jonatan Julien wants to maintain a constant channel of communication with Mayor Bruno Marchand. He will want to convince him on the third link, although the file is primarily Geneviève Guilbault's responsibility, and does not close the door to a phase two for the tramway.
The new minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale does not put his head in the sand: he and the mayor of Quebec will “not agree on everything”, admitted Mr. Julien, during an editorial interview with < em>Le Journal.
“Me, I have the taste that it works in Quebec”, summed up the former elected municipal official. And to avoid disputes – there were several between his predecessor Geneviève Guilbault and mayors Labeaume and Marchand – Jonatan Julien intends to rely on maximum consultation.
Specifically, Messrs. Julien and Marchand will provide updates on the projects bimonthly, a privilege that Mayor Gilles Lehouillier will not have, even though Lévis is also part of the territory of the Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec.
“He [Mr. Lehouillier] will work with Bernard [Drainville],” Mr. Julien pointed out, referring to the Caquiste MP for Lévis who, in addition to having the Education portfolio, is also the Minister responsible for Chaudière-Appalaches.< /p>
Two major folders
Unsurprisingly, Mr. Julien expects transport issues to occupy media space.
The third link and the tramway are two “major issues for the economic development of the region”, recognizes the minister.
He also considers that the City of Quebec “is on the right track” to advance support for the tramway project, and he promises to “do everything” with the mayor Merchant to continue in this direction.
During the interview, Mr. Julien himself mentioned a possible phase two for the tramway.
Ten to fifteen years after the completion of the first phase, “perhaps someone will say: look at how the city has developed, […] maybe we could possibly do a phase two, “said the minister, giving the example of the Lebourgneuf cluster.
“I don't have a crystal ball,” he said, pointing out that in his riding of Charlesbourg, where the tramway will not be going in phase one, the current Métrobus offer “works well ”.
Although he too wants to “see the data” that Mayor Marchand is waiting for to make a clearer statement on the third link, according to Minister Julien, it is already certain that a tunnel between Quebec and Lévis will improve mobility, to the benefit of the socioeconomic development of the greater Quebec City region.
“I don't feel like the messenger of the third link,” warns Mr. Julien, however. The new Minister of Transport, Geneviève Guilbault, “she is clearly the bearer of the files,” he said.
“FULL OF CHALLENGES” FOR THE CHAMPLAIN MARKET< /strong>
The idea of recreating the Champlain Market in place of the current Traverse station in Old Quebec (photo) “is hyperinteresting”, but in a flood zone, it comes with its share of “challenges”, notes Jonatan Julien.
The project illustrated in a video presented by the CAQ during the election campaign includes a public square, a large market, a restaurant, a terrace.
The commitment, recalls Mr. Julien, is to put set up a project office to assess its feasibility. That's what will be done, Mr. Julien said.
But “if the project office tells us: that doesn't make any damn sense,” decisions will be made accordingly.< /p>
“NO INTEREST” TO BUY QUEBEC BRIDGE
No offense to Ottawa, in addition to the $200 million already reserved by Quebec to repair the road deck of the Quebec Bridge, the CAQ government refuses to do more to help the federal government become its owner.
“$200 million on the apron, that's not nothing,” observed the new minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, Jonatan Julien.
“[In the government of Quebec] we have no interest in owning the Quebec bridge,” he dropped, recalling that it is up to the Trudeau government to respect its promise to buy the bridge from CN. .
“It would be good if he fulfilled his commitment,” said Mr. Julien.
FOR MORE ANIMATED PARKS
< p>Excited by the success obtained throughout the summer with the Mosaïcultures, at Bois-de-Coulonge Park, Jonatan Julien hopes that the Commission de la capital nationale du Québec (CCNQ) will consider other ideas to animate the parks at his expense.
Between June 24 and October 10, nearly half a million spectators admired the Mosaïcultures (photo), a success that also benefited the merchants of Maguire Avenue.
“A useful park is a lot of fun, but a park that the community appropriates, that's fantastic,” said the minister in an interview.
The possible merger of the CCNQ with the Secretariat of the Capitale-Nationale is no longer in the cards, he confirmed.
Phase IV of the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain is “a priority”, says the Minister
“More complex” to carry out, the fourth and final phase of the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain remains “clearly a priority for the CAQ government, assures the Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale, Jonatan Julien.
After having encountered some difficulties, the Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec (CCNQ) must normally deliver, by summer 2023, phase III of the Samuel-De Champlain promenade, located between the Sillery and Gilmour coasts.
Dispelling any doubt
In an editorial interview given to the Journal, Mr. Julien seemed to want to dispel any doubt as to the real motivation of his government to complete the last phase, in the eastern seaboard sector.
In its regional platform unveiled during the election campaign, the CAQ undertook, among other things, to improve the development of the sector from the Dufferin-Montmorency highway to the Estimauville sector, in complementarity with the planning of the IV of Promenade Samuel-De Champlain.
In a report produced in 2015, the CCNQ illustrated a series of lookouts that could be developed along the river, between the port area and the bridge over the Island of Orleans.
Mr. Julien seems concerned about the “complexity” of certain “sections” of phase IV located in the port area. “The port will be challenged,” said Mr. Julien.
Paved in the pond
Last spring, his predecessor, Geneviève Guilbault, had thrown a stone into the pond by asserting, on the sidelines of the study of budgetary appropriations, that the CAQ “had not made a formal commitment to carry out phase IV” of the walk in 2018.
This is what had earned Ms. Guilbault to be described as “the worst minister in the Capitale-Nationale” by the leader of the official opposition at City Hall , Claude Villeneuve.
She then had to rectify the situation by indicating that “there was never any question of relegating the phase IV project of the Samuel-De Champlain promenade to oblivion”, as Le Journal had written. > at the time.
However, as early as 2019, CAQ sources had indicated to our Parliamentary Office that phase IV would wait for the third link projects to become clearer – then imagined at the tip of the island d'Orléans – and the Port of Quebec, Laurentia.
In a recent response to an access to information request, the CCNQ confirms that “the Phase IV project did not generate many concrete actions”.
Apart from a summary update of a report produced in 2015, several parts of which have been redacted, very little information remains accessible.
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128