Access to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine urgently needs to be unlocked

L’accès aux Îles-de-la-Madeleine doit de toute urgence être débloqué

We are residents, vacationers, or lovers of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, worried about the current situation, which isolates the Archipelago and its people and threatens its economy, of which tourism is a major pillar.

With all due respect for the legitimate concerns of New Brunswick and Île-du-Prince-Édouard to protect their populations in this period of a pandemic, a solution, however, must be negotiated without delay with these two provinces to ensure access to normal and secure to the Islands.

Local economy

It is vital that holidaymakers who have booked rental for this summer to know that they will be able to make the journey to the Islands of decent way, you will be able to sleep and restore. Otherwise, the cancellation current will continue to multiply, to the great detriment of the local economy and hundreds of Islanders who rely on the valuable economic spin-offs of the summer season. There is an urgency to act, because it is now that the decisions of travelers to maintain or cancel their booking are taken, primarily for the months of July and August.

Without access to the Islands, there are also hundreds of families who will be deprived this summer of their reunion year.

Common sense

At the time where we need to balance the health, economy and the rights of individuals, today we join our voices to ask the prime minister of Quebec, mr. François Legault, to accelerate the talks with his counterparts in the two provinces, gentlemen Higgs of New Brunswick and King of l’île-du-Prince-Édouard, in order to conclude at the earliest an agreement based on common sense and respect for the rights of each other.

Such an understanding could, quite simply, as it has already been proposed, summed up in the designation of a corridor of travel, comprising : gas stations, convenience stores, restaurants and hotels.

The Îles-de-la-Madeleine are a priceless jewel in the tourist offer of the city of Québec. Over the decades, hundreds of thousands of Quebecers have been discovered, with rapture and return regularly with enthusiasm. This momentum must continue and not be impeded by a situation which, after all, can easily find a simple solution and that is acceptable to all parties. It is, according to us, a question of good faith is mutual.

We rely on a quick response of the prime minister.

Maxime Arseneau

Claude Castonguay

Gilles Duceppe

Louise Harel

Jean-Pierre Léger

Pierre Karl Péladeau

Gilles Ste-Croix

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