MONTREAL, Jan. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Denis Lebel,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of
the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec,
provided updates regarding construction of the new bridge for the St.
Lawrence in Montreal. Minister Lebel officially launched the federal
environmental assessment phase of the project to build the new bridge.
"This construction of the new bridge will create jobs and is necessary
for our country's economic viability," said Minister Lebel. "Today, I
am pleased to officially launch the environmental assessment for this
project, an essential part of the planning process for the new bridge.
Meanwhile, we will continue to ensure the safety of this vital
The Harper government remains focused on the economy. With an estimated
$20 billion worth of international trade crossing the bridge annually,
this corridor is important for the regional economy and also benefits
the national economy.
An environmental assessment consists of environmental and technical work
to allow decisions on the design of a new bridge to be taken in an
environmentally responsible manner. Alternative solutions will be
studied and recommendations will be made to mitigate environmental and
community effects. Transport Canada is leading the work program and the
environmental assessment for the project. The public, local advisory councils, the private sector and community
groups will have the opportunity to participate and comment throughout
the environmental assessment phase.
Minister Lebel highlighted that the environmental assessment will
provide an opportunity to continue close collaboration with key
stakeholders. "As part of the federal environmental assessment, we will
continue to collaborate with many federal departments, the Ministère du
Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs du Québec, the
Ministère des Transports du Québec and the municipalities. We will also
have discussions with representatives from First Nations communities."
The government has also invested in the safety and security of the
Champlain Bridge. Since 2009, investments totalling $380 million will
continue to keep this important bridge safe until the new crosing is
Updates on progress and consultation activities will be provided
throughout the planning and construction phase. The Notice of
Commencement of an Environmental Assessment is available online at http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/Viewer_e.cfm?CEAR_ID=65574.
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Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
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