NEW DEMOCRATS ORGANIZE PUBLIC FORUM ON THE NEW CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE
People must have a say in construction of new bridge, says initiator of event, MP Hoang Mai
BROSSARD — The New Democrats are organizing a public forum where people who use the Champlain Bridge can express themselves and exchange their views with experts.
“The Champlain Bridge is the busiest bridge in Canada. It will cost billions of dollars to replace, and however it’s constructed, it’s the people who will end up footing the bill. This is why the forum is important, I want people to have their say,” said New Democrat MP for Brossard-La-Prairie and initiator of the event, Hoang Mai.
While the Conservative government has chosen not to consult the people on the construction of the new bridge, the NDP has organized an open and transparent event to hear what the people have to say. The public forum is a perfect opportunity for those affected, people from Brossard-La Prairie, the South Shore and the greater Montreal area, to be heard.
New Democrat MP Jamie Nicholls, Deputy Critic for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, says that people who use the bridge are the best ones to consult about its replacement.
“Many questions need to be asked,” said Nicholls. “What will the new bridge look like? Should the bridge have a dedicated lane for public transit or carpooling? How will the bridge be financed? What about an innovative or distinctive design? Several options are available and I think it’s essential to consult the people before we steamroll ahead with the project.”
The NDP invites citizens to come out to talk to architects, urban planners, public transit experts and government decision-makers. The public forum will be held on Saturday, January 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at La Résurrection Community Centre at 7685 boulevard Milan in Brossard. Admission is free