The Transition Committee has concluded its proceedings for the sale of Mirabel land

    MIRABEL, QC, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced receipt
of the report from the Transition Committee, which was created to implement a
sales program for the 11,000 acres of Mirabel land.
    "I am pleased to see that the process of selling Mirabel land has reached
another crucial step with the end of the Committee's work and submission of
its report," said Minister Cannon. "I would like to thank the Transition
Committee members for their efforts to establish recommendations for
implementation terms for the land sale program, which will now be studied by
our government."
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced last December that Canada's New
Government would sell farmers the 11,000 acres of land at Mirabel airport. As
part of this announcement a Transition Committee, made up of representatives
from the Union des producteurs agricoles, tenants, Transport Canada, Public
Works and Government Services Canada and chaired by Mr. Daniel Picotte, was
created to recommend terms and conditions for the sales program. The
recommendations contained in the report will now be examined by the government
for considerations.
    "By Fall, farmers will have the possibility of repurchasing the land they
are presently renting. Once again our government is keeping its word," added
Minister Cannon.
    Along with the submission of this report, a request for proposal was
launched to conduct an environmental study, while two further calls will be
launched by early summer to grant contracts to professional firms for property
assessments, as well as for surveying the land that is part of the sales
    On an environmental level, Transport Canada is working in cooperation
with Environment Canada to protect the peat bog located within the 11,000
acres of land, in accordance with the Federal Policy on Wetland Conservation.
This requires a more precise evaluation of the area covered by the peat bog.
The assessment has already begun and will be finalized within the next few
months. This unique peat bog contains species of orchid and fern, which are in
danger of being designated threatened or vulnerable.
    "These wetlands are greatly valued natural habitats, and we will make
every necessary effort toward preserving them," said Minister Cannon.

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