Opponents of REM light-rail project take their fight to the Court of Appeal

A coalition of citizens and environmental groups have taken their fight against the REM light rail project to the Quebec Court of Appeal.

About 30 of them packed a courtroom this morning for arguments against the Quebec government and the Caisse de dépôt.

Their lawyer argued for their right to a "meaningful" public consultation and a healthy environment, alleging consultations lacked transparency and detailed information - an argument they lost in a lower court.

The lawyer for the opponents said that in environmental matters of such importance, the court must intervene.

Lawyers for the Quebec government and the REM light rail project argued that they acted in the public interest, that their role is limited and that they have done their due diligence.

The lawyer for the opponents argued that the attorneys for the government and the Caisse did not demonstrate that studies were done correctly or to their satisfaction.

Opponents maintain it's not too late to modify the project to prevent urban sprawl and environmental hazards.

The appeal court judges have taken the case under deliberation.