Conservation groups, environmentalists and Quebec’s former environment minister are demanding that plans by Aéroports de Montréal authorities to sub-lease some green space for development be stopped.

In addition they want their demand to change into an election issue.

In a duplicate obtained by Global News, Lincoln writes that he’s “totally against the development of an industrial plant on sensitive ecological lands controlled by the federal government.”

The letter, dated Sept. 1, continues with Lincoln appealing to Trudeau to “once more to stop the destruction of this irreplaceable habitat.”

Global News caught up with Lincoln Monday morning.

“I mean it’s about time our MPs here began to rise up and realize that that is unacceptable. So we wish to impress them, we wish to embarrass them to be sure that that this land is protected,” he told Global News.

In all, 144 hectares of land can be found for business or industrial development in keeping with the 2013-2033 Aéroports de Montréal Master Plans

Medicom, the manufacturer of surgical masks, already has plans to construct one other plant on a few of the green space but final authority has not been approved.

Still, conservationists complain the Trudeau airport has not made a convincing case to sub-lease the land for business or industrial development.

“We would really like them to point out the general public, by way of their transparency, that indeed there’s a pressing must develop on this space,” Katherine Collin, of Technoparc Oiseaux, told Global News.

Alexandre Boulerice, the incumbent MP (NDP,  Rosemont—La Petite Patrie) insists that an NDP government would preclude future development on the land that’s home to vast wildlife, wetlands and a vibrant ecosystem.

“We’d take the phone and refer to Montreal airport and take a look at to offer them good reasons to not go forward.” Boulerice, told Global News.

Anne-Sophie Hamel, a spokesperson for the Aérports de Montréal, sent an email to Global News on Sept. 1 stating that, “Every construction project carried out on the grounds of the airport site goes through the identical rigorous (environmental) process.”


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