A letter writer says the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal should be a user-pay structure

Fraser River important, too

If a bridge in Quebec receives federal funds, it should also be tolled.

The “Quebec First Party” (Liberals), the “Quebec First Since 2011 Party” (NDP), and the “Quebec Only Party” (The Bloc) all believe that the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal should not be tolled but rather be paid for by all Canadians.

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has even said that it is the most important bridge in Canada. He says it shouldn’t be tolled because it goes over an international waterway.

I may not know much about geography, but Google maps shows the bridge starting and ending within Quebec, some 50 kilometres from the U.S. border.

What makes the St. Lawrence River more important than the Fraser River and what  does that have to do with how a bridge is paid for? Why do I have to pay directly for the two bridges in my neighbourhood that I use (Port Mann and Golden Ears) and also help pay for a bridge in Montreal that I likely will never use?

The Lions Gate bridge goes over an international waterway as well but it was funded without federal help.

Justin Trudeau and Mulcair as national leaders should better explain the reason for this apparent inequity. Only Gilles Duceppe need not explain; we already know he works exclusively for Quebec.

 

Kevin Mazerolle

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