Minister Cannon inaugurates the Trois-Pistoles/Les Escoumins ferry



    TROIS-PISTOLES, QC, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - During his tour of Eastern
Quebec, Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, inaugurated today the Trois-Pistoles/Les Escoumins ferry,
Héritage 1. For the occasion, the Minister was accompanied by representatives
of the Régie intermunicipale des infrastructures portuaires de Trois-Pistoles
et des Escoumins, including the Mayor of Trois-Pistoles and president of the
Régie intermunicipale, Jean-Pierre Rioux, the Mayor of Les Escoumins, Pierre
Laurencelle, the Chief of the Innu of Essipit band council, Denis Ross, and
the Mayor of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, Gérard Beaulieu.
    "Today, I am accepting an invitation that the representatives of the
Régie intermunicipale des infrastructures portuaires de Trois-Pistoles et des
Escoumins extended to me during the transfer of the wharves last fall," stated
Minister Cannon. "I am pleased to see that the ferry is back in service.
Thanks to sustained effort and perseverance, the Régie intermunicipale was
able to acquire the facilities and put the ferry back into operation. Once
again, partnership, in the spirit of open federalism put forward by our
government, gives tangible results".
    On October 5, 2007, the Trois-Pistoles and Les Escoumins facilities were
transferred to a intermunicipal administration made up of the municipality of
Les Escoumins, the City of Trois-Pistoles, the municipality of
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges and the Innu of Essipit First Nations.
    In addition to transferring the title of ownership, the Government of
Canada gave the Régie intermunicipale over 15 million dollars in funding to
repair the infrastructures and cover the operating and maintenance costs for
the next ten years. The transferred property includes the infrastructures of
the Trois-Pistoles and Les Escoumins, namely the wharves and the landing
piers.
    "This transfer is a perfect example of the benefits harbour communities
can enjoy thanks to Transport Canada's Port Divestiture Program," added
Minister Cannon.
    Port facilities transfer is part of the Port Divestiture Program whose
main aim is to transfer regional and local port facilities to other interests.
After a port facility's transfer, the Government of Canada closely monitors
the use of the funds provided and continues to ensure the security and safety
of marine activities.




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(613) 991-0700; Marie-Anyk Côté, Communications, Transport Canada, Dorval,
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