Quebec Prime Minister speaks out on Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata’s problems

Passing through the region to announce Amélie Dionne’s candidacy for the Coalition avenir Québec, François Legault commented on some current issues related to the Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata riding. In particular, SÉMER, the ferry connecting Bas-Saint-Laurent to Charlevoix, and the Ma place au travail movement, which originated in Cacouna, were discussed.

François Legault, who successively wore the hats of Prime Minister of Quebec and leader of the Coalition avenir Québec on this regional tour, indicates that the results of an expert investigation should soon be revealed regarding the biomethanization plant of the Mixed Economy and Renewable Energy Company (SEMER). This power station, which has been operational since 2015, burns the gas produced. This project required investments of $27.4 million. In recent months, a subsidy application has been submitted to the Ministry of Economy and Innovation for the purchase of new equipment for the production of liquefied gas.

“SÉMER has not yet been able to demonstrate that it was possible to extract gas from here and that is not being done elsewhere. I want it to work because it would solve a major problem that I have on my shoulders, which is landfill waste,” said the Quebec Prime Minister. The latter adds that the experts are currently examining the results of the SÉMER. If SÉMER’s innovation works, he’ll want to be first in line to fund it, he said. “The idea is that it has to be profitable, maybe not tomorrow morning, but there is a path to profitability. This is where the doubts lie.”


Asked about moving the crossing to Cacouna or keeping it in Rivière-du-Loup, François Legault did not want to take sides and limited himself to announcing that an opportunity study is currently underway, commissioned by Minister of Transport François. Bonnardel. Thus, the pros and cons of both options will be analysed. “What are the costs? Can the boat be used in both places? What do citizens want? This boat will be used a lot for tourism, in Cacouna it is more industrial, in Rivière-du-Loup it is more tourism”, says François Legault. He points out that in the end it is the government that makes the final decision, but he is not bound by the recommendations of the experts. “We don’t have to accept it either. At least we will have objective facts,” he adds. .

During his meeting with the Premier of Quebec in the early afternoon of April 21, the Mayor of Rivière-du-Loup, Mario Bastille, presented him with a document in the colors of the mobilization campaign for the maintenance of crosses in Rivière-du-Loup. loupe. Loupe. “At Rivière-du-Loup, our crossing, we want it!”


The national movement Ma place au travail, born thanks to the involvement of Myriam Lapointe-Gagnon of Cacouna, celebrated its first birthday last month. Since then, many CPE construction projects have been launched in the region and regulatory relief has been granted to speed up the process, reducing the number of steps to be completed before construction from 17 to 9. François Legault points out that these multiple regulatory steps were taken to prevent abuses following the “liberal childcare scandals” involving Tony Tomassi in 2010.

“There was a process that was Kafkaesque, it didn’t make sense. There were so many steps before we knew where the needs are […] We have made a commitment that everyone will have a place within a maximum of three years. The goal is to have as many as possible, as quickly as possible,” emphasizes François Legault. He closed the door on the establishment of a temporary emergency benefit for parents who have no place in childcare, as requested by the Ma place au travail movement.

For its part, the candidate of the Coalition avenir Québec in Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata, Amélie Dionne, had good words for Myriam Lapointe-Gagnon and her involvement. “We have the choice to get on the train or let it pass, so I wholeheartedly support people who have beliefs, ideas and want to be activists, I encourage that.”


François Legault has confirmed that the government plans to relax the criteria around the timetable for paramedics. Everything is taking place in the context of the negotiations on working conditions, which the Prime Minister wants to arrange in the coming weeks. “Minister of Health and Social Services Christian Dubé wants to make better use of the pre-hospital sector because there is a shortage of nurses and doctors.”

He also wants to reduce the non-emergency transport of paramedics for minor health problems. “It looks simple, but it’s really not a simple file […] You cannot have perfect service. Where do we draw the line? According to the Prime Minister, out of 74 CAQ deputies, about 20 have requests from paramedics to change duty rosters to timetables.

It should be recalled that on April 19, about ten paramedics from Trois-Pistoles of the CAMBI group went to the office of the deputy of Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata Denis Tardif to ask him to honor the commitments he made during the election campaign regarding the abolition of the factional scheme in the Basques.

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