Olivia Chow in Question Period: The Champlain Bridge

Ms. Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government’s vague announcement is going to hurt Montreal families right in their pocketbooks. First it decided to ding commuters every time they go to work. Then it saddles taxpayers with a cost overrun we know will come from these risky private ventures.

Can the minister tell this House who will own the bridge? Does he even know how much these tolls will cost? Will the government have any say? Or will the new bridge become a cash cow for some private company?

Hon. Christian Paradis (Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), CPC): Mr. Speaker, I just stated what the member for Brossard—La Prairie said and I will quote it. He said:

“In terms of tolls, it’s still to be seen. Like we’ve always said, we’re open. With regard to the Champlain Bridge’s replacement, we’re not dismissing the idea of tolls.”

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