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e-2508 (National defence and military operations)

E-petition
Initiated by JEREMIE DUPUIS-ROY from Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the Associate Minister of National Defence

Whereas:
  • The Saint-Bruno firing range is a National Defence site measuring 4.5 square kilometres and located 30 minutes from Montreal. It has not been used by the department for some time and is in the process of being transferred. The site is locked and monitored by National Defence, and all recreational activities have been suspended;
  • The site currently features mountain bike, cross-country and snowshoe trails that are established and groomed by volunteers;
  • The South Shore of Montreal has very few mountain bike trails in relation to the number of mountain bikers (close to 151,000 in Montreal according to Vélo Québec);
  • The site also has soccer fields, which the municipality of Saint-Basile-le-Grand is negotiating to acquire;
  • The trails were redeveloped to comply with the ministerial order concerning the Western Chorus Frog (SOR/2018-169); and
  • The site features reception facilities and offers tremendous recreational and tourism potential for the region.
We, the undersigned, residents of Quebec, call upon the Associate Minister of National Defence to act quickly to transfer the site to an appropriate provincial (SEPAQ), regional or municipal agency, protect it from real estate development and, in particular, restore access to citizens so that they can use it for recreational purposes while still respecting areas that have been reserved for protected species. More specifically, we call for the trails (bike, ski, snowshoe) to be reopened as soon as possible and for the municipality to be able to continue using the soccer fields.
Open for signature
April 2, 2020, at 3:53 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 1, 2020, at 3:53 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Stéphane Bergeron
Montarville
Bloc Québécois Caucus
Quebec
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