Drinking water sourcing becoming political for Ste-Anne-de Beaupré

Drinking water sourcing becoming political for Ste-Anne-de Beaupré

Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré (Quebec) 9 July 2015 – The town of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, a village of 3,000 inhabitants an hour east of Quebec City, has had a problem sourcing good clean drinking water since 2003 and a dispute has been going on ever since about how to solve the problem.

There have been two different solutions brought forward by two different governments. One was to connect the town to the neighbouring village of Beaupré which has ample supply, or secondly, to build a water-treatment plant in the town of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré itself.

The Parti Québécois, under the leadership of Pauline Marois promised to build the water-treatment plant but, didn’t stay in power long enough to act upon their words. Now that the Liberals are in power the decision has been made to simply connect Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré to its neighbour’s water supply which would in turn supposedly save the town and provincial government $3.5 million.

The mayor of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, Jean-Luc Fortin is upset about the decision and wants to see the figures for himself, which apparently the minister of municipal affairs doesn’t want to divulge.

The whole political story behind the scenes is that Mayor Fortin is a known Parti Québécois supporter so he thinks that the change in sourcing the water is simply a move to contradict what the Parti Québécois had first suggested.

Mayor Fortin would prefer the treatment plant, but did admit that if the city could save $3.5 million dollars he could go with the new decision as long as the water supply is clean and long-lasting.

His main concern now is to have a clean and durable source of drinking water for his citizens. The minister’s office says it is only a matter of economics and that his party is non-partisan.

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