Canadian government sets new dates for consultation and information sessions in Lac-Mégantic

The dates of October and November are the last delays to circumvent the project

The planned Lac-Mégantic bypass. Transport Canada

LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec — The Canadian government has set new dates for public consultation on hydrology and mitigation in its deliberate process to build a rail bypass around Lac-Mégantic.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced on Wednesday that the online consultation will be held from October 24 to November 25, along with three public information sessions:

— An in-person open house, by invitation only, on November 7 for those directly affected by the project;

— An open house day including two public meetings with presentation and question period, open to all, on November 8;

— An online session open to everyone on 9 November.

More information on the consultation and information sessions is available at this page of the Transport Canada website.

The consultation period and briefings were originally scheduled for September, having already been pushed back after the land purchase negotiation period was extended twice [see “Deadline for Lac-Mégantic land negotiations pushed back again,” Trains News Wire, Aug. 9, 2022]. With the first of these extensions, the government recognized that the Canadian Pacific Mainline Relocation project would not meet its original 2023 completion target.

“We know how important and expected this consultation is for the community,” Alghabra said in a press release. : For us, it is just as important to do things well and to listen to everyone’s needs. This is why we have worked with our partners over the past few weeks to improve the information presented to the public during this consultation. Citizens will now be invited to send us their comments.