Transport Canada accepts transfer offer for the Trois-Pistoles and Les Escoumins wharves



    TROIS-PISTOLES, QC, April 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced today
that he is accepting the offer from the Régie intermunicipale des
infrastructures portuaires de Trois-Pistoles et Les Escoumins to take charge
of the Trois-Pistoles and Les Escoumins wharves.
    "The Trois-Pistoles and Les Escoumins wharves are one of my priorities of
the Port Divestiture Program," said Minister Cannon. "Accepting the offer from
the Régie intermunicipale is a step further toward the eventual transfer of
the wharves to the community."
    The offer is accompanied by a funding request to the Government of Canada
for just over $15 million, which will go toward reconstruction of the
Trois-Pistoles and Les Escoumins wharves, the transition of operating
activities, and the maintenance of port installations in the coming years. The
Régie intermunicipale is comprised of the City of Trois-Pistoles, the
Municipality of Les Escoumins, the Municipality of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges and
the Conseil de la Premiere nation des innus Essipit
    "We're hoping the management of the wharves will soon rest in the hands
of people in the region and that the ferry service between Trois-Pistoles and
Les Escoumins will resume as soon as possible," added Minister Cannon. "The
Régie intermunicipale understands the vital role the wharves play in the local
economy and it will be in the best position to respond to changing needs and
foster business opportunities of benefit to the entire community."
    The transfer is part of Transport Canada's Port Divestiture Program,
which was renewed in the March 2007 federal budget. The Régie intermunicipale
offer must now be the subject of a Quebec government order before a transfer
agreement can be signed. Until such time, the Régie's offer should continue to
meet the terms and conditions of the Port Divestiture Program.

    Transport Canada's Port Divestiture Program was created in 1995 under the
National Marine Policy. Its purpose is to transfer regional and local harbour
facilities to other interests.




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For further information: Resource persons: Natalie Sarafian, Press
Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; François-Nicolas Asselin, Communications,
Transport Canada, Dorval, (514) 633-2741; Transport Canada is online at
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