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Canada’s New Government Funds Five New Airport Safety Projects In Quebec

by NationTalk on April 3, 2007702 Views

No. H 045/07
For release April 2, 2007

MONTREAL — The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced today that more than $1.2 million in Airports Capital Assistance Program funds have been made available for projects to improve safety at Baie Comeau, Inukjuak, Rimouski, Mont-Joli and Gaspé airports.

“Today’s announced funds contribute to the safety of air transport and clearly illustrate the commitment of Canada’s New Government to communities,” said Minister Cannon. “The safety enhancements will help the five airports better meet the tourism and travel needs of these Quebec regions.”The Airports Capital Assistance Program finances capital projects related to safety, asset protection and operating cost reduction. Eligible airports must have year-round, regularly scheduled passenger service, meet Transport Canada airport certification requirements and not be owned or operated by the Government of Canada.

The money will be distributed to airports in:

* Baie-Comeau, where $482,380 will purchase a snowblower.
* Gaspé, where $129,000 will finance the construction of a sand shed.
* Inukjuak, where $125,750 will purchase a compactor.
* Mont-Joli, where $183,500 will purchase a runway sweeper.
* Rimouski, where $361,725 will purchase a loader with snowblower and reversible snowplow.

“The safety and security of the traveling public is a top priority for Canada’s New Government,” said Minister Cannon. “These projects will improve airport safety and protect Canadians. They will also boost the economic potential of the airports and surrounding communities.”

Backgrounders on the Airports Capital Assistance Program Quebec projects are attached.

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Contacts:

Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
613-991-0700

François-Nicolas Asselin
Communications
Transport Canada, Dorval
514-633-2741

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