Has Trudeau “Caved-In” To Bombardier?
Bombardier Inc. is in trouble with their aircraft program; are near bankruptcy and need cash.
So what is the Federal government going to do?
Simple buy Bombardier’s light-metro and call it light rail. The same ruse certainly fooled the Social Credit Party in BC in 1980 by renaming the unsellable Urban Development Transportation Corporation (UDTC a Ontario Crown Corporation) Intermediate Capacity Transit System (ICTS or light-metro) to Advanced Light Rail Transit (ALRT).
Sad fact is, this name change ruse still fools TransLink, as well as MLA’s!
What ever the City of Montreal want to call the dated and now obsolete SkyTrain, it is definitely not light rail.
To quote Quebec transit advocate Avron Shtern: “This is scandalous. Everything will be done in secrecy. No public consultation when it matters. Public pension money is being used and is being framed as private enterprise. If Quebec were in Latin America, it would be run like a Venezuela, etc… ”
And the federal Liberals? Well, they are paying for this and have certainly given Quebec a “wink and a nod” to go ahead and are no better than their BC provincial namesakes.
On the Champlain bridge, too.by Michael D’Alimonte · March 17, 2016
People have had plenty of gripes with the new Champlain bridge (the overall budget, tolls) but one feature may make up for all of the woes accompanying the major building project:
Two special light-rail lines may be built on the bridge that will allow Montrealers to easily reach both the West Island and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport from Downtown, according to the Gazette.
Talks are set to begin on the feasibility of creating such a public transit service, with the the light-rail project headed by institutional funds manager La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the City of Montreal.
An estimated cost for the construction of the light rail lines is set at $5 billion, with the project inspired by a public transit study carried out by the AMT and the City of Montreal.