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e-3465 (Transportation)

E-petition
Initiated by Daniel Mallette from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the Minister of Transport

Whereas:
  • The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) is mandated by the federal government to manage the safe and efficient movement of marine traffic through St. Lawrence Seaway facilities;
  • On June 14, 2021, SLSMC will relocate its employees from the Beauharnois maintenance centre to the Brossard maintenance centre and St. Lambert locks;
  • This decision will increase response times in the event of a bridge or lock failure and emergency response times to pollution spills, since the Brossard centre and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield are 80 km apart;
  • The public will be held hostage during these failures and will be affected by response times;
  • The Larocque Bridge in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and the St-Louis-de-Gonzague Bridge in this municipality are two strategic arteries in the region; and
  • Maritime transport is critical to the economy of Salaberry—Suroît.
We, the undersigned, residents of the Province of Quebec, call upon the Minister of Transport to:
1. Demand that SLSMC cancel the relocation of its employees from Beauharnois to the Brossard maintenance centre and St. Lambert locks;
2. Ask SLSMC for a response plan showing that SLSMC will be able to more efficiently and safely respond to a failure in the Beauharnois and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield areas from the Brossard centre; and
3. Ask SLSMC why the portion in Quebec covers more than 80 km while the entire system in the Niagara region covers 36 km.
Open for signature
June 8, 2021, at 9:19 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 6, 2021, at 9:19 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Claude DeBellefeuille
Salaberry—Suroît
Bloc Québécois Caucus
Quebec
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