Lawsuit against the City: no stoppage of tram work, but negotiations between lawyers

Law against the City: no stoppage of tramway works, but ;negotiations between lawyers


No formal order to stop the tram work was issued Tuesday morning at the Quebec City courthouse. But Me Guy Bertrand, anti-tramway lawyer, thinks that the City of Quebec will put on hold, by Friday, the work directly related to the megaproject.

Negotiations between the lawyers of the Municipality and those of the antitramway must take place during the next three days.  

“The negotiation is precisely about the fact that we must keep a certain status quo so that irreversible damage is not created,” said Me Bertrand, lawyer of the Quebec group deserves better.

According to his interpretation, the negotiations between the lawyers constitute a commitment that the work directly related to the tram – especially the felling of trees and the expropriations – will not be continued by Friday. “The dialogue was very good. There was openness and good faith,” he mentioned, visibly satisfied.  

Several members of the anti-tramway group “Quebec deserves better” appeared at the Quebec courthouse on Tuesday.

A list of current works, which are directly related to the tramway, will be provided by the City's lawyers, he added. 

Daniel Genest, director of the tramway project office, was present at Tuesday's hearing. Neither he nor the Quebec City lawyers wanted to comment.   

Accelerating the legal process 

On Tuesday, lawyers for both sides agreed on the importance of speeding up the legal process. To save time and money, Me Guy Bertrand has thus agreed to abandon his request for a provisional injunction and to go directly to the stage of the request for an interlocutory injunction. 

“We save judicial resources instead of pleading twice. We prefer to go to the interlocutory where we can dig deeper and have witnesses, he explained. The interlocutory gives a good overview of the case on the merits, while the provisional is just in appearance.”

The lawyers will therefore begin negotiations this Tuesday afternoon before appear again, Friday morning, before a judge of the Superior Court. At that time, they will need to schedule five to seven hearing days, at the end of September, to argue the request for an interlocutory injunction.  

Note that Judge Nicole Tremblay, who presided over Tuesday's hearings, as well as Judge Clément Samson, who will be handling the case from Friday, are not from the Quebec City region. . This is a deliberate choice given the importance of the case, explained Justice Tremblay.