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February 20, 2013

Quebec-New York relationship crucial



The project continues to move forward after the most recent findings from the New York Public Service Commission.

“This is a great example of where we can extend our collaboration,” Boisclair told the Press-Republican.


The new extension of Autoroute 30 from Chateaugay to Autoroute 20 at Vaudreil-Dorion will save transport vehicles a lot of time but also relieve emissions and traffic on the island of Montreal, Boisclair said. 

It eliminates the need to travel across Montreal to reach the Mercier Bridge for access to Autoroute 15 south to the United States. 

Because of that, Boisclair said, U.S.-based rail company CSX is investing in a new $100 million intermodal rail terminal and rail-line extension in nearby Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for innovation and technology hubs in the Regional Economic Development Council plans was of particular interest to Boisclair, as the province is a leader in Canada’s high-tech sectors. 

He has also held initial meetings with State University of New York officials. Nanotechnology development in the Albany area is of interest because Quebec also has a strong presence in that field, as well.


IBM’s presence in New York state and at its C2MI center in Bromont, Quebec, is another example of how a company can share its expertise across borders, Boisclair said. The firm is working with other high-tech partners to develop the next generation of microchips.

Quebec is committed to global leadership on the climate-change issue, he said. That includes a recent cap-and-trade agreement with California that would align policies in that field.

Boisclair believes there is a chance for cap-and-trade collaboration between Quebec and New York.

Quebec also has an initiative to help create 100-percent-electric mass-transit buses. He said that could be as soon as 2016.

The province is one year away from elimination of its budget deficit, Boisclair said. 

“If we have a strong Quebec economy, a strong Montreal economy, that’s good for Plattsburgh and Clinton County.

“The more we can have common objectives, common goals, the better our economies will be.” 

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