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MP supports citizen’s petition on communications gap at bridges

A citizen of the riding of Salaberry-Suroît and user of the Larocque Bridge, which crosses the St. Lawrence Seaway at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, has launched a petition to ask the federal Minister of Transport to modernize and improve methods of communication between the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) and those who use the bridge in their daily life. Whenever the bridge is lifted to permit passage of ships, traffic on the roadway must come to a stop.

In the text of the petition put forward by Daniel Pinsonneault, which raises the same concerns about the lift bridge nearby at Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, the emphasis is that “the absence of reliable communication concerning the operation of drawbridges Nos. 9 and 10, maritime incidents, and equipment breakdowns, has significant economic repercussions for businesses across the region; and that land and sea transportation is crucial for the economic development of municipalities and towns in the riding of Salaberry-Suroît.”


Daniel Pinsonneault (left) and Claude DeBellefeuille, MP for Salaberry-Suroît, at Valleyfield’s Larocque Bridge.  PHOTO Courtesy of the office of Claude DeBellefeuille


Since her election in October 2019, MP Claude DeBellefeuille has noted the growing dissatisfaction and an increasing number of complaints related to poor communication on the part of the SLSMC. In February 2020, she set up an action committee to monitor and improve relations and communication between the bridge authority and its users such as motorists, cyclists, and boaters. This committee is made up of locally elected officials from all levels, as well as representatives from the SLSMC.

“This petition expresses the demands of users,” DeBellefeuille said in a press release on the topic. She invites residents in the Salaberry-Suroît riding to add their signature to the petition. Deadline to sign is May 11. The English version of it is at



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