We have been following the process of the the Trans-Canada re-alignment proposal (Plan B) for some time and feel we must address several issues that have arisen.
We believe that the safety issues that have been used to justify this project could be dealt with in a much less destructive manner (widening the existing road, paved shoulder, lower speed limits).
We even question the safety concerns as the primary reason for this project.
The public was invited to a few information sessions but the public’s input was ignored.
An online plebiscite showed strong opposition to the project and that, too, was ignored.
The environmental assessment appears to have been done in a most cursory manor. The time to respond is only 10 days and we don't have the time or resources to ask for a reassessment or to adequately investigate the existing assessment.
It was appalling to read about the expropriation of land and homes from people who oppose this project and yet have no choice but to give up their homes (some who have lived there for many generations).
It appears that the significant expense already absorbed by government (including the purchasing of properties) implies that government has already signed off on this and that the environmental assessment was of no significance.
The will of the people has no place in the decision-making of this so-called democratic government.
We strongly suggest that government not sign off on this, pending more input from the public and further study on this project's environmental and social impact.
Boyd Allen and Catherine Russell,