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Quach (NDP) questions when Government will take action to remove the Kathryn Spirit from St. Lawrence River

Posted In:  Local Initiatives,  Rivers & Lakes,  Water
June 11, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 229 (11 June 2015) at 14968.



  • Mr. Speaker, the Kathryn Spirit represents another threat to the St. Lawrence.

    After four winters moored to a makeshift wharf in Beauharnois, it continues to rust in Lac Saint-Louis, a drinking water reservoir for Beauharnois and the greater Montreal area. The superintendent responsible for the ship reports that there have been several acts of vandalism recently. If the ship were to catch fire, it would be catastrophic for the St. Lawrence ecosystem.

    Will the Minister of Transport finally do something and have the Kathryn Spirit moved out of Lac Saint-Louis once and for all?

    Ms. Anne Minh-Thu Quach

    Beauharnois—Salaberry, NDP

  • Mr. Speaker, with respect to Canadians’ health and safety, that is our top priority, and indeed, vessel owners have to comply with stringent safety and environmental obligations before proceeding with towing operations.

    It is for that reason that the Kathryn Spirit is under a departure prohibition from Transport Canada, and it will remain in place until the final inspection has been taken out and it confirms that all regulations are being complied with.

    Hon. Lisa Raitt

    Minister of Transport, CPC

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