Mr. Louis Fortin (Monimagny-L'Islet):
Mr. Speaker, I shall certainly not delay the passing of the bill, but I shall point out to the hon. member for Levis that, if the bill were amended so as to provide also for the building of a tunnel, the Three Rivers bridge corporation would also have to amend its charter, and from then on, call itself the Three Rivers bridge or tunnel corporation.
Anyway, this is not what I proposed to say when I took the floor. I simply want to point out to the hon. member for Berthier-Maski-nonge-Delanaudiere (Mr. Paul) and the hon. member for Champlain (Mr. Lahaye) that, even if we represent ridings which are at some distance from their own, and if the construction of a bridge at Three Rivers may only be more or less interesting for us, we want to assure them that we entirely approve their plan. We approve it the more that, if the Three Rivers bridge is ever built, we hope this construction will give the present provincial government the sound idea of building another bridge connecting Quebec and Levis. Indeed, as the hon. member for Levis (Mr. Bourget), pointed out a few moments ago, the present government of Quebec should build a bridge between Quebec and Levis. The hon. member for Levis said earlier that he crossed every day from Levis over to Quebec. I wonder whether he travels that way only since there has been a change of government in Quebec, or whether he did it as frequently before.
Anyway, and even if we do not live in the said area, we know the difficulties which face the people on the south shore who want to go to Three Rivers. I do not think that anybody could reasonably oppose such a bill, and I want to assure hon. members from the Three Rivers area, as well as my hon. friend, the representative of Drummond-Arthabaska (Mr. Boulanger), that we wholeheartedly agree with them. If the project is carried out within two years, it will, as I say, invite the provincial government of Quebec to build another bridge between Quebec and Levis.
Moreover, I would like to reassure the hon. member for Drummond-Arthabaska who said
a few moments ago that the former provincial government unfortunately lost the election before being able to carry out its project. He did say "unfortunately". Let me tell him that, if that bridge is not built within two years, the former government, which most probably will be carried back to power, will see that it is built.
Subtopic: ST. LAWRENCE RIVER BRIDGE