Cavendish extension plans push forward
Posted By: CJAD email@example.com · 8/13/2012 5:48:00 PM
The Quebec Liberals today raised an idea that politicians have been talking about for decades.
No less than five west-end Liberal candidates are touting the project, four of them on hand in Cote St. Luc this afternoon to discuss extending Cavendish boulevard, beyond Cote St. Luc, and into St. Laurent: Lawrence Bergman from D’Arcy-McGee, Jean-Marc Fournier from Saint-Laurent, Kathleen Weil from Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, and Pierre Arcand from Mont-Royal. Raymond Bachand from Outremont could not be there for the announcement.
There was no timetable or estimated cost. But what is on the table is the political will from the Liberal candidates to work with the city of Montreal to finally get the Cavendish extension done.
That commitment includes putting some of the government share of the profits of the sale of the Hippodrome land towards the project.
Liberal candidate for St. Laurent, Jean-Marc Fournier told reporters that the commitment to some of the funding was key to help convince and entice Montreal to push the project along.
“We could put a portion of it, we hope the best part. It’s up to the negotiation. We don’t want to take the decision from Montreal,” Fournier said.
St. Laurent borough mayor and Montreal executive committee vice-chairman Alan de Sousa said it’s a positive announcement.
“That’s a very important component of the puzzle and I can only be happy about that,” de Sousa told reporters.
But de Sousa said they still have to work out the details with the Transport Ministry.
Photo: Shuyee Lee (CJAD), Illustration: City of Cote St. luc