Philippe Couillard wants rapid transit link between Montreal and Quebec City

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard wants to build a new rapid transit line between Montreal and Quebec City.

Quebec premier says he will get province out of 'unsustainable logic of always more roads for more cars'

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard made the announcement at the Quebec Liberals annual party convention. (Radio-Canada)

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard wants to build a new rapid transit line between Montreal and Quebec City.

"We will get Quebec out of this unsustainable logic of always more roads for more cars," he said Sunday at a Quebec Liberal Party convention. 

"I want a modern, new, comfortable, revolutionary way of going between Quebec and Montreal that will generate the envy of other people on the planet."

While Couillard didn't say what form the link between the two cities would take, he ruled out the idea of a light-rail train system.

He did, however, say that he liked the idea of scientist Dr. Pierre Couture, who has been proposing a high-speed monorail for years.

Couillard dubbed the rapid transit line a "major project" for the province and called for creative proposals.

Many delegates at the weekend's convention say the strong economy and low unemployment rate are giving them reason to look forward to next election.

"The province is in good health because of these people here who are running it the right way," said Louise Lachance, the delegate for Huntington.

CAQ talks families at party convention

At the weekend's party convention for the Coalition Avenir Québec, leader François Legault said families would be at the centre of their next election platform. 

"When I tour Quebec, I often meet fathers and mothers of families who tell me that they work hard, but at the end of the month, they have trouble paying all their bills," Legault told the energetic crowd.

Leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec, François Legault spoke about supporting families. (Radio-Canada)

Legault didn't go into specifics as to how he would help families, but said he wants to "put more money into the wallets of parents who want a second or third child."

Encouraging Quebecers to have more children is also one of the ways to preserve Quebec identity within Canada, he said.

"The CAQ will be the government of families," he added.

With files from Angelica Montgomery and Radio-Canada