Yesterday marked ahistoric day for provincial politics; the Coalition Avenir Quebec won the election with a majority of National Assembly seats, taking over from the Liberal Party, which has been in power for the last 15 years.
The CAQ is known forpromising a few key changes surrounding some controversial topics like immigration, secularism, marijuana consumption, and Montreal city council size.
To call their stance on these topics "conservative" would be an understatement.
Yesterday evening and this morning's collective and wide-spread shock and disbelief on behalf of the province's younger generation was apparent.
That said, when it comes to transport, the CAQ has made some massive promises as well.
The goal, in short, is to "unclog" roads in the GMA.
Here is a bubbly promotional video the CAQ released during campaign season.
This is an ambitious goal, to say the least. As everyone is well aware, our roads are currently a hellish orange cone graveyard and rage-inducing nightmare.
The CAQ is not proposing any short-term "band-aid" style solutions, though.
They have made a laundry list of expensive promises that aim to improve commuter networks, infrastructure, and major roads all in an effort to – hopefully, one day – provide GMA residents with a smooth and stress-free commuting experience.
Here are some of the major transport plans that the CAQ has proposed:
+ The extension of the Montreal Metro Blue Line
+ Extend the yellow line of the metro at Longueuil
+ Extension of the Brossard REM in Chambly and Laval
+ Renovate Taschereau Boulevard with a 6.5-kilometer tramway from Longueuil to Brossard & connection to the REM
+ Development of a tramway from Pointe de l'Île to downtown
+ Widening of the three-lane highway 30 on the section between highways 10 and 20 for public transit
+ Extension of Highway 19 to Bois-des-Filion;
+ Extension of Highway 13 to Highway 50 in the form of an urban boulevard
+ Modernization project for Notre-Dame-Est Street in the form of an "urban boulevard"
When I look at this list, I start to feel uneasy. This city is just going to be a dug-out mess for the next decade.
Although the long-term goal of these plans is to alleviate commuter stress by improving road network and infrastructure, I can't help but think of the extreme short-term repercussions on our daily life in the city.
At this time, it's still unclear how and when each of these projects will be rolled out by the CAQ. Although it's a long shot, I certainly hope that the provincial and local government will work together to make these projects happen as smoothly as possible.