Laurentia: support a vision of the 1970s or see the birth of an innovative project of the 21st century?

In order to influence public opinion in its favor, the Port of Quebec is currently carrying out an intense promotional and publicity blitz for its container terminal project, called Laurentia. The Premier of Quebec, ministers, the mayor of Quebec and mayors of other cities have expressed their support for this archaic project. If this project materializes, it will generate significant negative impacts for local communities. This lobbying strategy, which aims to replace a real environmental assessment process, is disrespectful towards the populations. It denies their need for a healthy and quality environment. As such, citizens and organizations are mobilizing against the development of the Laurentia project.

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It is a cry from the heart that we send to the federal government!

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (AEIC, formerly the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency) has already announced that their interim report will be released on November 16 for public consultation in the following weeks. Because this assessment is based on a law dated 2012, it limits its analysis to the main negative environmental effects without taking into account fundamental aspects including the social acceptability of the project and the nuisance on the inhabited environment. However, we know that the evaluation of projects submitted to the AEIC must now respond to an overall vision taking into account the economic, social and environmental dimensions, according to the Law adopted in 2019.

We support the idea presented by young visionary architects and urban designers who have dared to rethink and make us dream of the development of Vieux-Limoilou and Maizerets in order to fight against climate change, while providing housing for 28,000 new residents and allowing a sustainable economic development. The resilient Quebec City project also inspired the process that led to the adoption of the Plaidoyer for an ecological, social and economic East Coast (Plaidoyer Littoral Est).

Currently, the City of Quebec is supporting the development of Laurentia, a techno-industrial type project, according to a more than traditional vision for the benefit of businesses and the private sector. This project will forever prevent the possibility of developing this sector according to the needs of the citizens of Quebec City and of future generations.

We denounce this project and ask the federal government not to authorize or finance this project aimed at creating a port terminal that sinks into the river. We reject it because this project will create a real impediment to a thoughtful urban development: economically profitable, ecologically viable and socially acceptable for us and for the generations to come.

This is why the organizations that signed this letter demand a real public debate on the social acceptability of such a project.

Signatories

Marcel Paré, Citizen’s Table East Coast

Daniel Guay, Access St-Laurent Beauport

Véronique Lalande and Louis Duchesne, Citizen vigilance initiative Port of Quebec

Mireille Bonin, Citizen voice

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Naélie Bouchard-Sylvain, Popular education group in community action in the regions of Quebec and Chaudière-Appalaches (RÉPAC 03-12)

Serge Roy, Collective The City We Want

Keven Imbeault, Confederation of Student Associations of Laval University (CADEUL)

Louis-Xavier Lamy, Association of Laval Students Enrolled in Graduate Studies (AELIÉS)

Pierre-Paul Sénéchal, Group of initiatives and applied research in the environment (GIRAM)

The members of Univert Laval

Elisabeth Chartrand, Student Alliance in Sustainable Development of Laval University

Raymond Poirier, Old Limoilou neighborhood council

Quebec, November 12, 2020

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