08/04/2011 12:30 EDT | Updated 10/04/2011 05:12 EDT

Jean Charest Says Quebec Transport Minister Has His Support

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THE CANADIAN PRESS -- MONTREAL - Quebec's premier has expressed clear support for the way the province's transport minister is handling an infrastructure crisis.

Jean Charest says Sam Hamad has had a difficult job, reassuring the public in the wake of a collapse in a major Montreal tunnel.

Hamad has also had other complex issues to handle, as several important pieces of infrastructure are either closed or the subject of structural concerns.

Speaking in Montreal today, Charest said people are understandably worried -- but that the minister is doing his best.

Hamad has had a rough ride since last weekend's tunnel collapse.

He received widespread ridicule for saying Quebecers can have faith that, if a road is open, it's safe.

He also resisted calls to release engineering studies on old infrastructure, before finally relenting. And things got so heated at one news conference that his staff got involved in a shoving match with reporters.