KATHRYN SPIRIT: PRESSURE ON FEDS CONTINUES

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD - MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry-Suroît) received assurances from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Dominic Leblanc, that the preparation to dismantle the Kathryn Spirit shipwreck will begin this fall and his ministry is in charge of the project. Minister Leblanc has secured a first round of funding with the Treasury Board.

"After 5 years of lobbying the federal government, we are still waiting for the disposal of the shipwreck but we finally got some good news. According to Minister Leblanc, the work to ensure the dismantling will start this fall and the first round of funding was approved this summer. The Treasury Board will meet in a few weeks and I hope that the second round will also be approved. "says the MP Anne Quach.

Steps are still needed before starting the dismantling, one of which is the approval of the Ministry of environment and climate change in Quebec. To obtain it, the ministry of Fisheries and Oceans must send to the province their action plan which follows the recommendations made by the Kathryn Spirit working group.

"Mr. Leblanc stated that the action plan will be ready at the end of August. In order to begin work this fall, the plan must be sent in the next days. Time is quickly running out.  I will continue to monitor this issue closely because it has suffered many delays and last-minute changes in the past, "said Quach.