THE KATHRYN SPIRIT THREATENS TO CAPSIZE - IMMEDIATE ACTION NECESSARY
June 25th, 2016 - 3:17pm
SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – Federal M.P. Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît) demands immediate action from the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada, in response to the news that the Kathryn Spirit is in such bad shape that it threatens to capsize in the Saint-Louis lake. There is a high risk of polluting the Saint-Lawrence river in the process. The assessment of the situation is quite clear : if the equipment stabilizing the wreck struggles to keep it upright on the grounds of decay, we are now out of time.
« All parties were very patient on this issue, but time has done its work on the wreck's structure and we are out of wiggle room. The Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans cannot hide behind the advisory committee anymore. It is imperative that this liberal government takes their responsibilities seriously and yields sufficient funds in order to address this problem - now. », declared Mme Quach.
Mme Quach has been working on the issue for many years now, consulting with experts and colleagues and has also made numerous declarations in the House of Commons. All experts consulted have invariably underlined the risks - and costs - that would exponentially increase should the ship capsize or take in too much water. whether this be on the environmental, economic or logistical levels.
« It's crystal clear to me that the new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, MM. Dominic Leblanc, must seize the issue and act immediately. The Minister has already received formal requests for a meeting, both from my office and the City of Beauharnois. We have yet to receive a confirmation with a set date. I think you would all agree that this is an urgent matter. », said Mme Quach.
The federal M.P. shares the concerns expressed by the Mayor of Beauharnois, M. Claude Haineault, the MRC of Beauharnois - Salaberry as well as those of the residents of the area.
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