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Contrary to statements from Quebec Transport Minister Geneviève Guilbault, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec says the “large majority” of stakeholders they interviewed during an assessment of mobility issues in the Quebec City area did not express concerns about “economic security.”

Only 70 or so of the 172 stakeholders (about 40 per cent) expressed “concerns over the security of economic links, the transportation of merchandise or the redundancy of existing bridges” linking Quebec City and Lévis, the CDPQ told the Presse Canadienne on Wednesday.

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Last Thursday, during a press conference with Premier François Legault and a series of individual interviews, Guilbault told reporters that economic security was a concern for the “large majority” of stakeholders consulted by the CDPQ.

For the past week, the Legault government has cited “economic security” to justify its decision to revive the idea of building a third highway link between the provincial capital and Lévis.

“Many, many, many people … expressed concerns over … the possibility of having an alternative to the Pierre Laporte Bridge,” Guilbault told Radio-Canada last Thursday.

The Legault government campaigned on the issue of building a highway link between the two cities during the 2022 general election, a pledge it later reneged on.

Voters in the area expressed their displeasure with the government by trouncing the Coalition Avenir Québec candidate in a byelection last October. The ruling CAQ party saw its popularity plummet after the flip-flop, and Legault has since revived the idea of a third link, tasking the CDPQ to determine the best course of action to take.

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