Transportation and Works
July 19, 2010
Montreal Port Situation Poses Negative
Newfoundland and Labrador
The current labour situation at the Port of Montreal has the
potential to have significant negative impacts on the Province of
Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of
Transportation and Works, said today. The minister advised residents and
businesses, particularly on the Avalon Peninsula, that they should be
aware of these possible impacts.
"According to Oceanex officials, approximately 50 per cent of goods
coming to the island portion of the province arrive via shipping
containers from the Port of Montreal," said Minister Hedderson. "And of
that, 70 per cent comes directly to the Avalon Peninsula. We are told
that Marine Atlantic has very limited, if any, capacity to compensate
for the volume of shipments coming out of Montreal's port. Therefore,
the lock out situation at the Port of Montreal will mean substantially
reduced products coming on to the island including items such as food
goods and construction materials."
The Provincial Government has written the Federal Government
expressing the seriousness of the situation and the negative impacts it
will have on the province.
"We have informed the Federal Government of serious consequences for
our province and we are urging both the union and the Port of Montreal
to come to a resolution as quickly as possible, given the serious
economic and social impacts it could have not only on our province, but
the country as a whole," said Minister Hedderson. "Given that the
majority of Newfoundland and Labrador's population is island based and
can only receive goods via air or by water, this disruption in service
has the potential to be very serious. We are hopeful that a resolution
can be found quickly."
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Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
2010 07 19 4:00 p.m.