May 13, 2005

Federal legislation needed to complete Quebec highway

Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre today announced that legislation to assist in the completion of Highway 30 in Quebec has been introduced in the Senate. Passage of this legislation will enable the Government of Canada to authorize the construction of bridges over the St. Lawrence River and the Beauharnois Canal.

Under the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the Minister of Transport does not have the authority to approve the location of, or the plans for, a bridge across the St. Lawrence River or the Beauharnois Canal. A special act of Parliament is therefore necessary to authorize the construction of these two bridges.

The completion of Highway 30 involves the construction of a new 42-km four-lane western segment between Châteauguay and Vaudreuil-Dorion, including a seven-kilometre highway connection. The western segment requires the construction of two major bridges, one across the St. Lawrence River and one over the Beauharnois Canal. The Government of Quebec will oversee the construction and will retain ownership of the additions, including the two bridges.

“This is yet another concrete step toward honouring our federal commitment to see Highway 30 become a reality by 2009, as scheduled,” said Jacques Saada, Minister for Canada Economic Development. “This is essential for the Montérégie and the Greater Montreal areas.”

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