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NDP MP Sought Government Intervention in Montreal Airport Expansion

June 7, 2015

This Tuesday in the House of Commons, an Opposition MP asked the Government to intervene in Montreal airport’s proposed expansion that would threaten local green space. The Government responded that it has no authority to intervene in the matter.

On Tuesday, Ms. Isabelle Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, NDP) first introduced the matter as a petition during Routine Proceedings:

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure today to present 12,000 signatures from residents of Laval and surrounding the airport of Montreal. The airport of Montreal wants to expand to have screening and distribution facilities on the golf course of Dorval. The residents are against that proposition.

The residents absolutely want to conserve a green space that is essential to the people of Dorval, a space where seniors can play sports, go for walks and socialize. It is important for our community.

Ms. Isabelle Morin continued to raise the matter with the Government during Statements by Members:

This green space has long served as a recreational, sport, and social hub for the local community, which helped maintain both quality of life and community inclusion throughout the year.

Today, about 100 people came all the way to Ottawa to protest the government inaction, to intervene and incite the ADM to listen to their concerns and preoccupations, in the hopes of finding a common ground. It has been suggested, for instance, that the ADM consider alternate sites for the proposed expansion projects in other nearby areas.

I therefore urge the Minister of Transport to intervene to facilitate dialogue among all the parties involved and do everything she can to help reach an agreement that is acceptable to both sides.

Finally, Ms. Isabelle Morin directly asked during Oral Questions: “What will the minister do to help the people who came here today?”

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Minister of Transport, CPC) replied the Government would not intervene:

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the question from the hon. member because it gives us the opportunity to point out that the Aéroports de Montréal is actually an arm’s-length agency that is in charge under lease to deal with the development and planning of the airport. It is their decision and it is they who the residents should be speaking with.

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