QUESTIONS asked by the APEVIB to the five candidates:
As the MP for Nelligan,
Are you ready to do everything in your power to support and accelerate the attribution of the Paysage humanisé status for the farm lands of L’Île-Bizard, which is currently under study at the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la lutte contre les changements climatiques?
The Parti québécois is making the green shift and cares about land use planning. With the PQ, agriculture always went forward in Quebec. The Liberals neglected to assert the province’s powers with regards to environmental issues and established new rules for the nomination of the BAPE commissioners that do not guarantee their independence. The Parti québécois will adopt a new law that will assert the primacy of Québec’s powers with regards to environmental issues, including affirming our exclusive power to assess any project in the province, and will guarantee the political independence of the BAPE commissioners.
Are you ready to alienate the 440 right-of-way in L’Île-Bizard, which belongs to the ministère des Transports du Québec, in order for the green spaces (parks and farm lands) that make it up to be protected, per example with a land trust or a national park?
A greener Quebec calls for a continuous and organized commitment from the entire governmental apparatus. A government led by the Parti québécois will consider land use and urbanism like priorities. We will adopt a national policy which will include measures for land-use planning in our communities that are compatible with the fight against the climate crisis. We will protect biodiversity by designating 17% of the land and 10% of the waters and coasts as protected areas from now until 2020, in line with Québec’s international commitments with regards to the protection of biodiversity.
Are you ready to support, financially or otherwise, the acquisition of land that holds ecological value in L’Île-Bizard in order to protect it (either with a land trust or any other way)?
A government led by the Parti québécois will be committed to adopt a national policy pertaining to the use of the province’s territory, thus asserting that urbanism and land-use in communities are priorities. These measures are necessary and an integral part of the fight against climate change. As an MP, such a project would surely be a priority. In conjunction with the other authorities concerned, I will make sure to preserve and maintain the lands and green spaces with ecological value, and to keep the quality of life of the citizens of L’Île-Bizard.
Are you ready to support, financially and otherwise, the creation of ecological flower beds on the former L’Île-Bizard bridge once the new one will be built, where bee and butterfly friendly plants would grow and to which would be attached a sign explaining some of the ecological features of L’Île-Bizard?
As an MP for the Parti québécois in Nelligan, with the view of a greener Quebec and an interest for land use and urban planning, I will certainly gather all relevant stakeholders for the assessment and potential realization of such a project. Therefore, the MP for the PQ in Nelligan would follow this case closely, and commit to it in a more concrete manner if necessary.
Globally, how do you intend to protect the green spaces in the Nelligan constituency, known for their rich biodiversity, their ecological value and the environmental services they render, like reducing greenhouse gases, slowing down erosion and absorbing flood waters?
A government led by the Parti québécois will consider the fight against climate change a real priority for the state. Our commitment is based on seven important pillars: reforming environmental stewardship, changing the way Quebecers move around, establishing green buildings, increase investments into a greener economic growth et exit from fossil fuels. More specifically for Nelligan, we will take into consideration the risk of floods when planning for land-use and urbanism, protection of natural environments and improving knowledge about flood risk areas.