Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Regarding the land at the corner of Olier Street and du Séminaire Street in Montreal, owned by Parks Canada (leased in 2002 for 99 years to a corporate entity for $1.00), we express our total opposition to a vague project to build a luxury hotel combined with a cultural centre funded by a New York developer;
We support strategies 1 and 4 in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada Management Plan 2018 for developing the Lachine Canal: 1. create a strong identity for the canal as a Montreal emblem, and 4. develop the Canal as an exceptional showcase for history; and
Moreover, this same plan calls for the development of a public art policy by 2020 that could include a call for tenders for a memorial to workers.
We, the undersigned responsible citizens who love the Lachine Canal, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to:
1. ask Parks Canada to take action so as to comply with its Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada Management Plan 2018 so that Canadians can discover Parks Canada sites and learn about our history, environment and culture; and
2. request that the land be taken back by Parks Canada and dedicated to a historical marking honouring the memory of the workers, mostly Irish, who made up the workforce during the building of the Canal in 1821–1825 and the two expansion projects in 1843 and 1873.
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