Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital: CAQ reverts to original site

It looks like proposed new Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital will be built near the intersection of Highways 30 and 40 after all.

The site was chosen by the previous Liberal government in 2016, but the CAQ's health minister, Danielle McCann, raised the ire of local mayor by suggesting the site may be moved somewhere else, citing the fact the piece of land near the highways was zoned agricultural.

In November, the Montreal Metropolitan Community approved a resolution asking the Legault government to find an alternate site.

On Friday, though, McCann released a statement saying her government has approved the original site.

"Our desire in this case has always been to complete the [hospital] project without additional delay," the statement reads. "However, we wanted to take the time to meet with all the main stakeholders and satisfy ourselves that if we went ahead on this site, the work would be done to minimize the environmental impact and to compensate for the loss of farmland. We now have that certainty, and I am very happy to confirm that the population of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and surrounding areas have access, in a few years, to a quality health care facility that will respond to the population's needs and expectations."

Locals have long lobbied for the new hospital, to ease the load on other area hospitals. The new hospital is expected to see its first patients by 2027.