MONTREAL | The Network station express metro (REM), which will be built in the Peel Basin area will be called eventually Griffintown—Bernard Landry.
This is a wish come true for the mayor of Montreal. Last November, Valerie Plant, had expressed the desire to name a future station of the REM as a tribute to the ex-prime minister of the parti québecois, who died in 2018.
“This station also allows us to recognize the important contribution of Bernard Landry at the development of our city, adjacent to the Cité du Multimédia, which became the symbol of the economic vision for bold, our former prime minister, and in which we measure impact today,” underlined Valérie Plant at a press conference Monday afternoon.
This station will be located between the streets of Ottawa, and William, in the vicinity of the future park Mary-Griffin in the borough of South-West, about 800 meters from the Central station, as reported by the Journal de Montreal last November.
The light rail of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) will circulate in the Griffintown sector, on the Overpass South. This structure railway overpass leads to the Central station from the street Of the town.
The tract on the west side will be occupied by the REM, while other channels will continue to be used by the operator of commuter trains in exo, by VIA Rail and Amtrak.
The commissioning of the segment between Brossard and downtown Montreal is planned for the end of 2021.
The choice of the name of this station of the REM comes in a tribute to Bernard Landry. Last November, when the mayor had announced his intention of honouring him with this station, a few voices were raised to denounce the choice of the name of a political independence in a district known for its history, strongly linked to the irish community.
This is especially the proximity to the Cité du Multimédia, which has motivated this choice. As minister of State for the Economy and Finance under the government of Lucien Bouchard, Bernard Landry was able to convince the French company Ubisoft to Montreal in 1997.
Specializing in the design of video games, the multinational now employs more than 4,500 workers in its studios in Montréal, Québec and Saguenay.
Mr. Landry has also played a role in the development of the video game industry in the metropolis due to the introduction of the tax credit for production companies media.