Port of Quebec: heat wave, fine particles and bugs
At this time of great heat, my thoughts are with the less fortunate in our society, who often live in poor housing, mostly in the central neighborhoods.
In Quebec City, these difficult conditions are aggravated for many people living in Limoilou, Saint-Roch and the central areas, the air quality is already poor, mainly because of the dust and fine particles from the activities transshipment of dry bulk in the Port of Quebec.
Despite the gain from a red dust class action in 2012, the problem remains very present and may even increase with the Port expansion project.
Questioned in a parliamentary committee on this issue last May, Geneviève Guilbault, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale, made it clear that she did not intend to intervene in this matter of the Canadian government, specifying that the project would Expansion of the Port was an important economic opportunity for the region.
However, as demonstrated by bulk securing initiatives in various ports carrying out activities similar to those in Quebec City, it is entirely compatible to combine economic interest and protection of residents’ health.
While the Legault government does not hesitate to confront its counterparts in Ottawa and claim its autonomy in terms of immigration, the environment, transportation financing such as the Quebec City tramway, and so on, how does the minister can it hide behind a pretext for federal jurisdiction to justify its inaction on this issue, which affects the most vulnerable citizens of the nation’s capital?
A request is therefore made to Minister Geneviève Guilbault to review her position, take part in the debate, and lobby the Quebec Port Authority to protect the citizens of our neighborhoods. poorer, who include many children. It’s all about what they have most precious: their health.