A year ago, following a shortened process, the BAPE concluded that CDPQ Infra had not provided the documents required to obtain approval. Several other bodies, including the direction régionale de la protection de la santé publique de Montréal, the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Electrification issued similar opinions noting that the proponent's impact study was either incomplete, out of order or unsatisfactory. In the majority, if not all cases, the questions remained unanswered. Despite this, the government rushes forward with a project that will forever transform the transportation network in common of the metropolitan area.
With this in mind, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Montreal Climate Coalition have funded a detailed analysis responds to many of the questions requested by the above-mentioned bodies. This analysis is similar to the "climate test", as prescribed by the new Environment Quality Act, adopted in March 2018. The REM is a first major infrastructure project where the government could have implemented its "flagship law". But since the government will not do so, CUPE and the Montreal Climate Coalition decided to do it.
This rigorous study of greenhouse gas emissions, modal shift, the impact on current public network, pricing, among other considerations, leads us to an obvious conclusion: for the health of the environment, the public and the transit system, the REM must be canceled.