The high frequency train includes the Montreal-Trois-Rivieres-Quebec section
Several media reported that a study based on VIA’s initial 2016 forecast could challenge the federal government’s interest in the TGF Montreal-Trois-Rivières-Québec section. It’s wrong.
N ur government is firmly behind the project linking Quebec to Toronto, as presented by VIA. From the very beginning, we made sure to maintain the Quebec City-Montreal section of the TGF project because connecting more than 12 million Canadians along the route has always been at the heart of our vision.
Those who would tell you otherwise are wrong.
The TGF is an ambitious project that requires a total investment of over $ 4 billion. It has always been important for us, in a philosophy of sound management of public funds, to analyze this project in a rigorous and step-by-step way, essentially to avoid making a blank check, as some thinkers would like.
That’s why we invested more than $ 11 million in the 2016 and 2018 budgets. To make progress on the project, we had the pleasure to announce on June 25th more than $ 71 million for an office. project between VIA Rail and the Canadian Infrastructure Bank.
Over the next 18 months, this project office will conduct the environmental study and consultation with First Nations, review land and road acquisition opportunities, and complete the project’s financial analysis. . This work will bring the TGF to the point where the government can move forward with project funding.
We made this recent investment because we firmly believe that a new transportation option on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River would be beneficial for the Mauricie region, for Quebec City and for the entire province. at the level of mobility, the environment and economic development.
The studies we have conducted in recent years show that we were right to believe in this structuring project for our country and we will continue to work tirelessly to make it progress.
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport Canada
François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Jean-Yves Duclos, Member of Parliament for Quebec and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Joël Lightbound, Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance