Federal Department of Transport Canada discriminates against residents of Quebec lake

    MONTREAL, July 24 /CNW Telbec/ - A storm has been brewing for several
years on a small lake side community 60 kilometers north of Montreal.
    This case is full of discrimination, gross misrepresentation, a refusal
of the Canadian Government to accept evidence, a complete lack of due
diligence and protocol and a callous disregard of the facts, not to mention a
small and wealthy group of politically connected activists who have
steamrolled the democratic process.
    Transport Canada proposes to make it illegal for cottagers on Lac des
Becs-scies to navigate a boat at greater than 10km/hour making it impossible
to enjoy recreational sports such as water skiing from 1 pm to 4 pm, or risk a
fine of up to $2,000.
    Mrs. Cathy Timmons, a resident of the lake for 63 years said "there have
been boats on this lake since I moved here, without incident. The proposed
changes to the law make absolutely no sense. How can a small group of
activists change the way we have lived for over 60 years on such a peaceful
lake? If these activists don't like boats then they should not have moved here
in the first place", said Mrs. Timmons.
    "Transport Canada's proposed changes to the law are both discriminatory
and draconian as this is one of the quietest lakes in the Laurentians," said
Richard Groome, a resident on the lake for over 49 years.
    "This is like a Kangaroo court," said George Athans, member of the Order
of Canada, and former three-time World Water Ski Champion. "How can Transport
Canada bow to the interests of a very small group of residents, while ignoring
the interests of the majority. From everything I have read, this is a total
miscarriage of justice and democratic rights."
    Mr. Gilles Chevalier, a lake resident for over 50 years said, "Transport
Canada has singled out this beautiful, quiet and sedate lake in Quebec, to
assert the most severe restrictions for no good or valid reason."
    Mr. Chevalier went on to say, "all Canadians should be worried about the
manner in which The Federal Government has conducted itself and any Canadian
who lives on or near the water, or, enjoys water sports, has to be advised of
this complete lack of transparency and logic".
    "The proposed regulations will actually have the contrary affect of
endangering the lives of residents, as traffic will be condensed into smaller
time slots in addition to a more restrictive band around the lake. A clear
majority of lake residents have recently signed a petition AGAINST Transport
Canada's proposed regulations", said Mr. Groome.
    Mr. Michel Trudel, a relatively new resident on the lake said, "I don't
know what the Transport Canada people have been smoking, but they are most
certainly delusional. Their proposal will partition the lake; have buoys right
down the centre of one end of the lake and have two sets of rules, one for the
residents of Milles Illes and one for the residents of St. Sauveur. What kind
of stupidity is this?"
    Pierre Plouffe, 20 time Canadian Water Ski Champion asked, "why is
Transport Canada restricting residents from a healthy and fun family sport and
taking away the best part of the day 1pm to 4pm ?. This makes absolutely no
sense whatsoever, especially on such a quiet lake".
    The Residents Association sent, Mr. Lawrence Cannon, The Federal Minister
of Transport in the Harper Conservative Government, an extensive Mise en
Demeure, outlining the entire case, including the hiring of another Transport
Canada officer to influence the content of what was supposed to be an
impartial Office of Boating Safety investigation report. Mr. Groome went on to
say, "the number of irregularities from both St. Sauveur and the Federal
Government has led us to conclude the entire process has been tainted.
Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety has not done their job properly
because they have relied on inaccurate information provided to them. In the
process, as gatekeepers, they have let down the residents of Lac des
Becs-Scies and all Canadians by not being impartial and by not following their
own guidelines. Why do they refuse to view the evidence? Why do they
discriminate against our quiet lake? All Canadians deserve an answer to these
questions and there should be a formal inquiry into how Transport Canada
    The Lac des Becs-Scies Residents Association intends to vigorously
contest these discriminatory, undemocratic and unsafe proposed regulations by
Transport Canada.

For further information:

For further information: and copies of the Mise en Demeure please
contact: Richard Groome, Lac des Becs-scies Residents Association, (450)
227-4799, cel: (514) 402-4405, richard.groome@ymail.com; Mr. Gilles Chevalier,
Lac des Becs-scies Residents Association, gilles1806@gmail.com; Mr. George
Athans, OC, Athans Communications Inc, (514) 766-5772,

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