Fall of a gondola at Mont-Sainte-Anne: “Enough is enough”

For Yvon Charest, who leads the group Les amis du Mont-Sainte-Anne (AdMSA), Saturday’s events are downright negligent. This is one incident too many.

The biggest cabin problem it had to fix. When the gondola is closed for months and everyone tells us everything is perfect and it’s not, then I start talking about neglect. »

A quote from Yvon Charest, President of the Friends of Mont-Sainte-Anne

A gondola sank on Saturday.

Photo: Source: Simon-M. Morissette

The group LAMSA is working to revitalize the site and is asking the Quebec government to put pressure on the owner to force the arrival of a new manager.

I conclude that the carrots are cooked for CPR. It is not the first time that there has been a problem at the start of the season. It indicates what friends have always believed is that RCR does not have a serious preventive maintenance program.thinks Mr. Charest.

The government certainly does not want to be this mountain manager, but good news: another manager has emergedadds the one who is also a negotiator for the federal government in the Quebec bridge archive.

In September, the Le Massif group, which operates a plant in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, made a bid to acquire Mont-Sainte-Anne. However, the owners have indicated that they are not willing to sell.

Enough is enough

Agnès Maltais, former PQ MP for Taschereau and minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, is tight-lipped about the events.

Enough is enough. How long will the government let an operator put citizens at risk? In two years, this operator, RCR, has still not made the necessary changes [et fait] the interview. People’s lives are at risk. It has become a security issue.says Mrs. Maltais. We are on the brink of care failure.

The government owns the mountain, but a lease has been signed with RCR until 2099, recalls the former minister. The government must either expropriate or negotiate quite tightly […]but that it changes the operation of the mountain.

Sam Hamad and Agnès Maltais smile side by side for the camera fist to fist.

Former ministers Sam Hamad and Agnès Maltais sign a letter asking for more investment in the facilities at the Mont-Sainte-Anne ski resort.

Photo: TACT

According to her, RCR breached its contract with the Quebec government put people’s lives at risk. The owner, he is not doing his job.

Inspection

The government has always said that it does not like to use expropriation because it considers it a tool of last resort, Mr. Charest recalls. However, he is asking the government to stop subsidizing the RCR or increase the power of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), which is responsible for ensuring the safety of chairlifts in the province.

RBQ is in communication with the MSA ski resort representatives and will schedule a visit soon.replies Sylvain Lamothe, spokesman for RBQ.

The last intervention (visit) at the Mont-Sainte-Anne ski resort (MSA) took place during the 2021-2022 ski season. Everything was in order and allowed use of the ski lift. After the incident […]the use of the ski lift is still prohibited.

A gondola without windows undergoes an inspection of the emergency.

On February 21, 2020, during the ferocity of the earthquake, this gondola hit a pylon to such an extent that the windows shattered. Without the help of the other passengers on board, a skier would have fallen several meters and crashed onto the track.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Pascal Poinlane

A gem

The mayor of Quebec says he is concerned about the situation. It’s a gem. It is a popular resort. What happened yesterday, it created a big commotiondeclared Bruno Marchand in an interview with RDI.

However, it is difficult for him to intervene as Mont-Saint-Anne is outside his jurisdiction. Mont-Sainte-Anne has an undeniable influence for Quebec Citythinks the mayor, however.

He says he supports the government and Les amis du Mont-Sainte-Anne in the search for solutions.

The government is stingy with comments

Radio-Canada sought comment from several members of the government following Saturday’s events.

The CPR file is currently being analyzedwrites the Minister for Economy, Innovation and Energy, Pierre Fitzgibbon.

Pierre Fitzgibbon emerges from the Legislative Council chamber.

The Minister for Economy, Innovation and Energy, Pierre Fitzgibbon

Photo: Radio-Canada / Sylvain Roy Roussel

We have heard about the accident and will follow the situation very closely.adds the office of the member for Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré, Kariane Bourassa.

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