(Quebec) The Port of Quebec is holding its own information day to present its expansion project to citizens and answer their questions on the sidelines of the environmental assessment overseen by the federal government.
The appointment is given Sunday, November 15, from 10h to 16h at the Espace 400e. Depending on what the Sun has learned, stakeholders will have access to various thematic kiosks on the expansion project, the environmental aspect, the stages of construction and economic benefits. The organization also wants to demystify port operations and present the history of the place.
Several representatives of the Port, including its CEO Mario Girard, will be on hand to meet the public.
The project Beauport 2020 provides for the extension of the quay line of 610 meters in the sector of Beauport Bay. After dredging and filling of 18.5 hectares of land, the new multipurpose wharf will benefit from a water depth of 16 meters at low tide to accommodate the largest ships traveling on the Seaway St. Lawrence. The beach will be remodeled.
The Quebec Port Authority will invest $ 130 million in the project and was assured of a grant of $ 60 million of the Harper government before the elections. The private sector should add 250 to $ 400 million, mainly for transhipment equipment and storage areas.
The offensive comes as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has released guidelines to be followed by the Port in preparing its EIS. Two information sessions, one with groups sorted on the shutter, the other open to all, will also take place this week. The federal process does not prevent the developer to see the parallel population.
Mario Girard reiterated in recent months that he intended to answer all questions about its expansion and to consult the public to improve it. Same for the redevelopment of the Louise Basin.
Committee of the Whole at City Hall
Quebec City has taken at his word. On November 17, two days after the information day, senior management of the Port answer questions from elected officials to Quebec City during a Committee of the Whole to be held in the town hall. The session will be public and televised.
The exercise was announced in June, after the opposition had called for a project review by the Public Hearings on the Environment (BAPE) rather than the federal government. It was originally scheduled for August.
“If the City believes there are holes in the Port of approach, we will say so and we will ask that we add things,” assured Mayor Régis Labeaume.