Do you support the implementation of a full curfew from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am at Montréal-Trudeau Airport, to ensure that thousands of Montrealers enjoy normal, restful nights?
Here is the answer we received from Mr. Pierre Lachapelle, city councilor candidate in the Ahuntsic district. It should be noted that Coalition Montréal leaves a large part to the autonomy of its candidates, whose fundamental mandate is to bring voters’ opinion to the top. This answer is therefore that of the candidate and not the official position of the party.
I fully support the creation of a complete curfew of flights at Montreal-Trudeau airport, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. People need to be able to sleep a full night. Transport Canada and others control the schedule. I will continue to call for a ban of night-time flights. Business people who need to arrive for early meetings can fly the previous evening. The tourism industry will actually benefit from this measure. People who need to fly to western Canada or the U.S. may also have to leave the day before.
Charter flights that arrive between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., and delayed departures from Europe, will also have to stop. Delayed travellers will be put up by their airlines, and flights destined for Montreal, will have to leave before specified times, in order to respect the curfew.
Having participated in the group, Les pollués de Montréal-Trudeau, I have seen first-hand the lack of response to complaints submitted to Aéroports de Montréal (ADM). The reception and response to these complaints needs to be given to an independent organization, that reports to the population and elected officials. The days of turning a deaf ear, will end.
We did not receive a response from Équipe Coderre.
Here is the answer we received from Ms. Émilie Thuillier, candidate at the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough hall.
Projet Montréal makes a commitment to defend the right of residents to sleep at night. We are in favour of a complete curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. A very strict follow-up needs to be established with the companies that do not respect this schedule, which is not now the case. Between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., many small regional jets land at the airport. We propose therefore to authorize these landings during this hour for certain airplanes of less than 45,000 kg and in function of the real and perceived noise level. Thus, small noisy airplanes would not be authorized.
This being said, the City does not have the power to decree such a curfew. In order to strengthen the City’s power of negotiation and persuasion with the ADM and Transport Canada, we need reliable data. This is why we propose to create a noise observatory (see the following answer).
We also propose to facilitate the filing of complaints by residents to the ADM by creating an application for mobile devices. With this application, it will be easy for anyone to complain about an airplane which is too noisy, regardless of the time of day.
With strong political will, reliable public data and numerous complaints from residents, we believe that Montrealers will once again be able to have peaceful nights.