The St. Lawrence River seaway is an increasingly important economic engine for all of Canada;
The upcoming arrival of an airport fuel terminal in Montréal-Est will increase marine traffic;
The tonnage of vessels transiting the St. Lawrence River has been increasing significantly over the years;
Dredging work has been carried out by the federal government;
The federal government ended the Shoreline Protection Program in 1997;
The government, through over 21 years of inaction, has abdicated its responsibility for maintaining the shore protection works it installed; and
The scale of St. Lawrence River shoreline erosion, particularly in the Montreal/Lake St. Pierre section, is causing growing concern for the environment, public safety and well-being, and the integrity of private property.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada and residents of shoreline municipalities, call upon the Government of Canada to implement a program to protect the St. Lawrence River shoreline and to take appropriate action to counter this phenomenon and to ensure a safe environment, such as bringing in regulations imposing a maximum speed limit specific to the type of vessel and building and maintaining shore protection works, all in order to establish a relationship of trust and invaluable cooperation between the federal government, the users of the Seaway and shoreline communities and that every effort be made to avoid or limit the impact of seasonal flooding by ensuring proper water level management.
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