Canada's new government announces the start of dredging work at the Cap-aux-Meules port in the Magdalen Islands

    CAP-AUX-MEULES, QC, Sept. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced
that a contract of close to $700,000 has been awarded for the dredging of the
channel at the Cap-aux-Meules port in the Magdalen Islands. This announcement
follows Minister Cannon's summer tour of Eastern Quebec last July during which
he announced investments of close to $13 million in several Quebec ports.
    "The dredging of the port in Cap-aux-Meules is vital to maximize its safe
use by ships and to ensure efficient supply for Magdalen Islanders," said
Minister Cannon. "This announcement demonstrates our government's commitment
to maintain remote infrastructure and meet the needs of regional communities."
    The dredging work will restore the port's entry channel to a depth of
6.8 metres. Valued at $691,100, the work will be undertaken by the firm Beaver
Marine Ltd. of Halifax and will be carried out between September 16 and
November 16, 2007.
    "The entry channel is the first link for commercial ships, ferries and
cruise vessels entering the port. This work will ensure the archipelago's
economic, tourism, and recreational activities are maintained," added Minister
    The Cap-aux-Meules dredging project has undergone an environmental
assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and a disposal at
sea permit has been obtained from Environment Canada. During the work,
measures will be taken to minimize the impact on normal port activities.
    The Cap-aux-Meules port is located on the central island of
Cap-aux-Meules in the Magdalen Islands and is considered a remote port under
the National Marine Policy. It is the only port available to supply the entire
population of the Iles-de-la-Madeleine.

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Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Marie-Anyk Côté, Communications, Transport Canada, Dorval, (514) 633-2742;
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