Class action regarding dust in Limoilou, QUÉBEC PORT AUTHORITY STATEMENT COURT RULING FOR THE PORT
Québec City, March 4, 2020 – The Québec Port Authority (QPA) welcomes the court’s ruling to reject the class action against the Port and Compagnie d’arrimage de Québec (« CAQ ») regarding the dust in Limoilou. For QPA, the ruling is a victory for facts and science over myth and perception.
QPA was gratified at the judge’s pointing out the stringent environmental protection measures taken in recent years and his description of the defendants as “good corporate citizens in every respect, imposing mitigation measures that meet the strictest standards.”
“We’re happy that the facts have at last been clearly established after all these years: that the port's contribution to urban dust is, for all intents and purposes, zero. What I personally appreciate is that, at long last, those families who might have been worried about the safety of what we do here can put their fears to rest. Those fathers and mothers—our neighbours—can rest easy, knowing that we at the port are being responsible in our day-to-day business. They’re the real winners in this ruling.
“The decision is a reminder to all of us that scientific evidence is more important than myths and perception. It’s disturbing and fundamentally unfair that mistaken information about where the dust in Limoilou was coming from continued to circulate for years. Today’s ruling is really a victory for science.”
—Mario Girard, President and CEO of the Québec Port Authority
For the time being, QPA will not be commenting in greater detail on the ruling.
About the Québec Port Authority
The Québec Port Authority is an arm’s-length federal agency constituted under the Canada Marine Act. The ships that pass through the Port are central to a supply chain that carries approximately $20 billion in goods each year. The Port of Québec powers a maritime cluster that generates and supports over 13,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to the latest KPMG/SECOR study.
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