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On again. Off again. And now it’s back on again.

It’s indeed hard to keep track of Montreal’s wishy washy promises when it comes to extending Cavendish Boulevard. Mayor Tremblay promised this decades long anticipated project during the merger in 2001 and again during the demerger in 2005.

The Quebec Liberal Party promised it during the last provincial election but the PQ won and Cavendish was off the list once again.

And despite more assurances from Montreal that investments from the Blue Bonnets development would help kick start the Cvendish project the dollars to do this disappeared into thin air.

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Now, the Montreal Gazette is reporting that the Coderre team would also complete the long-awaited extension of Cavendish Blvd., a proposal that vanished from view last year.

A deal between the city and province called for the completion of Phase 1 of the extension that would connect Cavendish in St-Laurent to Royalmount Ave., and be built at a cost of $44 million. It was included in Montreal’s 2012-2014 three-year capital budget, but mysteriously disappeared from the 2013-2015 budget.

Click here to visualize the Cavendish extension from Cote Saint-Luc

Now Cote Saint-Lucers don’t vote in Montreal elections but any promise to put Cavendish back on track is indeed a positive step.

It should be noted that the mayor and council of the city of Cote Saint-Luc have been consistently and unanimously in full support of the extension since 1998. Mayor Anthony Housefather has been very outspoken at the regional level of government, known as the Agglomeration Council, not only since demerger in 2005, but prior to that as a Borough Councillor. Our council has the full support as well of our outspoken MNA, Lawrence Bergman, and through him, the entire Liberal caucus.

West End MNAs and Mayors, including D'Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman and Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, at press conference announcing Cavendish link in August 2012

West End MNAs (Kathleen Weil, Pierre Arcand, Jean-Marc Fournier) and Mayors (Beny Masala, Alan de Sousa, Philippe Roy, William Steinberg), and most prominently D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman and Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, at press conference announcing Cavendish link in August 2012