The seaway is becoming increasingly important as an economic driver for all of Canada;
The tonnage of ships on the St. Lawrence has increased greatly over the years;
The federal government cancelled the Shoreline Protection Program in 1997;
Through its inaction for more than 21 years, the government has abandoned its responsibility to maintain the shoreline protection structures that it built; and
Shoreline erosion along the St. Lawrence, especially in the Montréal/Lac Saint-Pierre section, is becoming a growing environmental concern and threatening the safety and well-being of citizens and the integrity of their property.
We, the undersigned, citizens of the municipality of Lanoraie, call upon the Government of Canada to reinstate a shoreline protection program for the St. Lawrence and take the necessary steps to counter erosion and safeguard the environment, for example, by regulating the maximum speed of vessels based on vessel type, and creating and maintaining shoreline protection works in order to protect Canada’s economic interests and meet its responsibilities to shoreline residents and their right to protection of their property.
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