QUEBEC, February 1, 2019 — Citizen mobilization produced results when it came to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Hospital file. While this past December the Minister of Health and Social Services, Ms. Danielle McCann announced her intention to change the site for the future Vaudreuil-Soulanges Hospital, today we learned that the government has backtracked and returned to the original plan.
The choice of the site had been established though consensus among the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges’ 23 mayors, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion and the previous government, so any modification would have had a detrimental effect on the hospital’s construction schedule. Recall that it took close to ten years for local stakeholders to find a location that met all the criteria for a building of this magnitude.
Anyone who has followed this file knows that, contrary to the will of the local population, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) has asked for another location. We know that a governmental decree was therefore necessary in order to move forward. The CAQ’s backpedalling in this file demonstrates a lack of knowledge of both the file itself and the work accomplished by the MRC over the last years. All this back and forth only causes delays in the completion of a project that is truly essential.
— André Fortin, MNA for Pontiac and Official Opposition Critic for Health and Public Health.
What a victory for the citizens of our region—they are deserving of a completed Vaudreuil Solange Hospital as soon as possible! I would like to thank all those who took the time to sign the petition asking François Legault’s government to backtrack on the choice of location for the hospital. Overcrowding in the region’s hospitals is a testament to the importance and urgency for following through on the construction of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Hospital.
— Marie-Claude Nichols, MNA for Vaudreuil