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QUESTION PERIOD — Ministry of Transport

Mirabel Airport--Non-Construction Easements

October 27, 2022

Welcome, minister.

In 1969, the government of Pierre Elliott Trudeau threw thousands of people out into the street and, if I’m not mistaken, burned down over 50 homes in order to build what we might now call a white elephant, the Mirabel airport. As you know, that airport was for the most part destroyed in 2014 and the successive governments of Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper worked hard to correct the mistakes of the past. However, some issues still need to be resolved including a request by the municipality of Mirabel to lift the airport non-construction easements that are, by all accounts, outdated and preventing the development of the neighbouring lands.

Minister, last spring you committed to speeding up the process to study this file, but we aren’t seeing any follow-up on that, or at least not so far. When will you drop these easements?

Hon. Omar Alghabra, P.C., M.P., Minister of Transport [ - ]

Thank you, senator, for your welcome and for your question.

I’ve been working with my colleague from the Bloc Québécois, M.P. Jean-Denis Garon, on this file. We have been hearing the concerns of the community and their desire to move forward. Transport Canada, myself and my team have been working on this issue, and I am hoping that we’ll find a path forward very soon.

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