CHRISTINE MOORE CALLS ON THE PRIME MINISTER TO SIDE WITH THE RESIDENTS OF ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE

CHRISTINE MOORE CALLS ON THE PRIME MINISTER TO SIDE WITH THE RESIDENTS OF ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE AND MAINTAIN OVERNIGHT SERVICES AT THE ROUYN-NORANDA FSS

OTTAWA – Christine Moore, the Member for Abitibi-Témiscamingue, called on Prime Minister Trudeau in the House of Commons yesterday to stand up for safety and side with residents to maintain overnight services at the Rouyn-Noranda flight service station, or FSS, despite NAV Canada’s recommendation.

“When Justin Trudeau visited Abitibi-Témiscamingue this summer, he heard directly from several economic and political stakeholders that maintaining overnight services at the FSS was crucial to the region’s development,” stated Christine Moore. “Further, NAV Canada does not appear to have considered the economic impacts in its study, which are in fact crucial,” added Ms. Moore.

Christine Moore was not convinced by the prime minister’s answer, who said: “No decisions have been made, but no one is talking about cancelling night flights.” The Member for Abitibi-Témiscamingue pointed out that the carriers maintain that those services are essential to their operations.

On Monday, Christine Moore asked Minister of Transport Marc Garneau if he intended to act on NAV Canada’s recommendations to cut the overnight services at the Rouyn-Noranda FSS, despite local opposition and the air carriers’ protests. The minister replied that a study was under way and that he was awaiting the results.

“Those participating in this new consultation say it seems that NAV Canada just wants to justify the recommendations already made to Transport Canada to cut the overnight services at the FSS,” said the Member for Abitibi-Témiscamingue. “I am not at all reassured by the answers from the minister and the prime minister. So, I will keep trying to get them to listen to reason,” stated Christine Moore.

In 2017, NAV Canada recommended that Transports Canada cut the FSS hours of operation from 24 hours to 16 hours, shutting down overnight services from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 Video:

Question to Marc Garneau (2018-11-19)  https://youtu.be/cWmUNqVNYig 

Question to Justin Trudeau (2018-11-21) https://youtu.be/vK3SsbFtZCs