Leslie Eric Murphy (NPDQ) about environmental issues in L’Île-Bizard

Leslie Eric Murphy, NPDQ

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?

Yes. Île-Bizard is unique in the Montreal area. It has 3 rivers that flow by it; it has forests, wetlands and marshes, incredible bio-diversity, and active farming. It also has such a rich history dating back centuries. The NPDQ believes that governmental powers should be pushed down to the level of government closest to the people and spaces affected. Then those bodies should receive the full support of the provincial government. This is an example where that would be applied.

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?

I’m sorry to not be familiar enough with this issue to be able to comment.

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)?

Yes. The NPDQ believes, though, that there must be support, buy-in, and participation at all levels of government and with community stakeholders.

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?

What an interesting idea. Yes, the NDPQ would support a green initiative like that. Like many other issues around climate change, we believe that the time to act to save pollinators is now. On a personal note, I would like to see many of our neighbourhood green-spaces convert lawns to wildflower beds too.

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?

The NPDQ is actively involved with groups seeking to preserve and protect existing green spaces and resident species at the Technoparc and l’Anse-à-l’Orme.

Research shows that wetlands, ponds, and marshes help mitigate flooding by absorbing water when rivers are high. Additional green spaces around our rivers would also serve as parks and public spaces for families.

The NPDQ would like public consultation to consider managed retreat in some flood zones. This is a controversial idea and so must be done in consultation with existing governments and residents. Those areas would also add to our permanent, protected green spaces.

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