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Intercity bus transportation | QS desires to nationalize 11 strategic strains, together with the Montreal-Quebec hall

(Montreal and Sherbrooke) With a view to create the “Quebec bus” state company, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois guarantees to nationalize 11 “strategic” strains of intercity bus transportation, together with the hall between Montreal and Quebec, which might have the impact of chase corporations like Orléans Specific, Intercar or Galland from sure busy routes.

Posted at 2:56 p.m.
Up to date at 4:22 p.m.

Hugo Pilon Larose

Hugo Pilon Larose
The Press

The parliamentary chief of Quebec solidaire was significantly dissatisfied on Saturday with the service supplied by the corporate Keolis Canada, which operates Orléans Specific in Quebec. If he types the subsequent authorities, he desires to repatriate a number of routes at present operated by the corporate to the general public sector to create “Quebec bus” inside 4 years. Mr. Nadeau-Dubois introduced on Friday that this new state-owned firm would hyperlink 11 intercity bus strains, which required an funding of $2 billion.


The parliamentary chief of Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois

“The query that Quebecers should ask themselves is Orléans Specific, does it do the job? Does it present good service to Quebecers? The folks of Gaspésie have recognized for years that the reply is not any. However now, it’s even in Montreal and Quebec that there are fewer providers. Between Montreal and Quebec, in 2022! It is embarrassing,” he mentioned.

“Quebec bus” would permit the federal government to function between Montreal and Rouyn-Noranda, within the Abitibi area, between the Lanaudière and Laurentian areas, on route 132, between Montreal and Quebec, Sherbrooke and Quebec, Quebec and Saguenay, Quebec and Sept-Îles, in Gaspésie and Chibougamau.

Corporations like Orléans Specific may proceed to supply providers on routes aside from these nationalized for the brand new state-owned firm and a supportive authorities could be open to financing a part of their operations, Mr. Nadeau-Dubois mentioned on Saturday. The QS co-spokesperson didn’t say how a lot such a subsidy would value and didn’t say whether or not he had mentioned his plan with the businesses involved.

“In the intervening time, on these strains, the service will not be enough. […] The present mannequin doesn’t work [et] it needs to be modified,” mentioned Mr. Nadeau-Dubois.

Billions for Sherbrooke

Québec solidaire additionally promised on Saturday to take a position 4.2 billion over eight years in Sherbrooke to construct two tram strains, 9 high-frequency bus strains and to attach the general public transport community to its electrical practice undertaking. Québec rail”, which might join town to Montreal.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois made this new promise in Estrie, the place his social gathering is making an attempt every part to maintain the using of Sherbrooke, the place François Legault is presenting former commentator Christine St-Hilaire in opposition to incumbent Christine Labrie. Québec solidaire additionally needs to thrill the neighboring using of Saint-François on the CAQ by presenting candidate Mélissa Généreux.

Mr. Nadeau-Dubois defended himself on Saturday for having offered the day earlier than a plan to create a public rail transport community at 10.7 billion, “Québec rail”, with out having been in a position to clarify how his social gathering had arrived. at this value.

“After we are within the electoral marketing campaign […] we have now to current our imaginative and prescient. We’ve to inform Quebecers right here is our stage of ambition, here’s what we’re prepared to take a position, right here is the path through which we need to go. As soon as you might be in authorities, it’s important to set these tasks in movement primarily based on current research,” he mentioned, acknowledging that he didn’t at present maintain a visitors or value research to create this huge undertaking.

Huge Controversial Gathering

Mr. Nadeau-Dubois may even take part Saturday night in a big militant rally in Sherbrooke, the place he can be accompanied by the social gathering’s co-spokesperson, Manon Massé. Their occasion on the Granada Theatre, “L’Estrie de present”, made headlines this week as a result of it violates an settlement signed between the Metropolis of Sherbrooke and the group that operates the corridor, which stipulates that it’s forbidden to lease the theater to a celebration throughout the election marketing campaign.

In an interview with TVA, the administration of the Granada theater admitted having made a mistake when it signed the contract with Québec solidaire, earlier this yr. She will be able to not terminate it. Éric Duhaime’s Conservative Occasion had been refused to lease the corridor just lately.

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