The Min­is­ter slams the door on Sher­brooke air­port

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The Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment couldn’t care less about the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the East­ern Town­ships, de­nounced New Demo­crat MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sher­brooke), as the Trans­port Min­is­ter slammed the door on new ac­cred­i­ta­tion for the air­port.

The min­is­ter was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from the MP for Sher­brooke. “The may­ors of my re­gion have had enough of the Min­is­ter’s lack of progress on this is­sue,” ex­plained Dusseault. “It’s a mea­sure that would help our re­gion’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment by gen­er­at­ing tens of mil­lions of dol­lars in eco­nomic ben­e­fits. Why does she want to aban­don Sher­brooke and put the brakes on its eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment?”

Un­for­tu­nately, the min­is­ter com­pletely slammed the door shut on this propo­si­tion. “We will not be adding any­more air­ports to the list,” she said cat­e­gor­i­cally, all the while spec­i­fy­ing that 20 other air­ports had sub­mit­ted the same re­quest as Sher­brooke.

The New Demo­crat MP be­lieves that the fight must now be brought right to the depart­ment’s doorstep to pro­vide the air­port with the proper or­ga­ni­za­tion in or­der to pur­sue its de­vel­op­ment.

“We need to work with the Cana­dian Air Trans­port Se­cu­rity Author­ity (CATSA) and Trans­port Canada to ob­tain an ex­emp­tion. I will cer­tainly con­tinue to put pres­sure on the min­is­ter, be­cause it’s com­pletely un­ac­cept­able to out­right dis­miss the am­bi­tions of a whole re­gion,” said Dusseault.

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