18 janvier 2018 | Local, Naval

Davie aura «probablement» des contrats de brise-glaces, dit Trudeau

Justin Trudeau a annoncé jeudi que le chantier naval Davie, à Lévis, obtiendra «probablement» des contrats pour construire des brise-glaces du gouvernement fédéral. «On sait très bien que le travail qui se fait à Davie est de grande qualité», a-t-il soutenu sur les ondes de Radio-Canada.

Présent toute la journée à Québec, le premier ministre du Canada a soutenu que des négociations commenceront vendredi entre la Garde côtière et la Davie au sujet d’un achat de brise-glaces. Selon lui, le chantier Davie ne souffre pas de préjugés défavorables auprès de son gouvernement, comme plusieurs l’ont affirmé ces dernières semaines. 

M. Trudeau a également affirmé qu’il sera présent le 29 janvier pour la vigile visant à commémorer la tuerie de la Grande Mosquée.

Sur les ondes du FM93, le premier ministre du Canada a soutenu qu’il était important de se souvenir de ce triste événement. «Il faut reconnaître qu’il y a encore des actes haineux, il y a encore des propos intolérants.»

M. Trudeau dit toutefois être encore «en réflexion» sur la possibilité ou non de créer une Journée nationale contre l’islamophobie à cette date, tel que demandé par la communauté musulmane de tout le Canada. 

Sur la légalisation du cannabis, le premier ministre a tenté de convaincre les auditeurs des deux stations de radio qu’il posait un geste pour protéger les jeunes et non pour encourager la consommation de cette drogue. Selon lui, il faut que le pays reconnaisse qu’il a un problème d’accessibilité actuellement à cette drogue. «Le système actuel, ça ne fonctionne pas, ça ne protège pas nos jeunes.»

M. Trudeau sera omniprésent à Québec jeudi. Après ses entrevues radio, il rencontrera le maire de Québec Régis Labeaume vers 11h15 à l’hôtel de ville. Le maire a déjà indiqué cette semaine qu’il souhaitait parler du pont de Québec, du tramway et des artéfacts de Parcs Canada avec M. Trudeau. 

En soirée, M. Trudeau tiendra une soirée de rencontre informelle avec les citoyens, qui aura lieu à l’école secondaire De Rochebelle, à Sainte-Foy. Cette façon de faire, qui s’inspire des États-Unis, vise à rendre M. Trudeau plus «accessible», explique Filip Novakovic, attaché de presse du député fédéral de Louis-Hébert, Joël Lightbound.

«Je peux vous dire qu’il y a énormément d’engouement», lance M. Novakovic, qui soutient que des centaines de citoyens ont déjà effectué leur préinscription. 

La salle peut contenir un maximum de 1000 personnes et il est toujours possible de s’inscrire sur place, à partir de 16h30. 

M. Novakovic assure qu’il n’y aura un filtrage des questions. Les gens n’auront qu’à lever la main et c’est M. Trudeau lui-même qui donnera les tours de parole. 

Plus de détails à venir…

https://www.lesoleil.com/actualite/politique/davie-aura-probablement-des-contrats-de-brise-glaces-dit-trudeau-66016c8dd2d1281f382381dd0efd39bd

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