The MNA representing La Pinière and Liberal Critic for Transport, Mr. Gaétan Barrette, as well as the MNA representing l’Acadie and former Minister responsible for the Laurentides Region, Ms. Christine St-Pierre, are calling on the CAQ government to immediately announce its intentions with the project to the double the lanes on Route 117 between Labelle and Rivière-Rouge.
In a press briefing held earlier today, the two Liberal MNAs who were accompanied by many elected officials and community representatives from the Laurentides region, urged the Minister of Transport, Mr. François Bonnardel, as well as Ms. Sylvie D’Amours, the Minister responsible for the Laurentides region, to follow in the footsteps of the previous government which had declared its intention to widen that stretch of highway to four lanes in 2018. The minister stated that a number of solutions are currently being studied.
It is important to recall the urgency of widening these lanes. Many Quebecers have lost their lives on this dangerous highway. François Legault’s government can no longer leave things as they are.
We must ensure that it is safe to travel on Highway 117. That is why we intended to widen this stretch of highway to four lanes when we formed the government. The CAQ needs to continue on with that work for the sake of all the drivers who use that highway.
–Mr. Gaétan Barrette, MNA representing La Pinière and Liberal Critic for Transport.
The Minister of Transport is now telling us that many scenarios are on the table, which is totally irresponsible. The only way to make this deathly highway safe is to double the lanes on the stretch between Labelle and Rivière-Rouge.
–Ms. Christine St-Pierre, MNA representing l’Acadie and former Minister of the Laurentides Region.