The association representing the Building Contractors of Quebec wants the federal and provincial governments more coordination to avoid a repeat episode of the frog that blocks a part of a housing development in La Prairie.
Last Wednesday, the Ministry Federal Environment announced a decree to protect the habitat of the frog chorus from the west.
The decree will come into force on 17 July and will cover an area of about two square kilometers area, prohibits any activity that threatens the little amphibian in La Prairie, Candiac and St. Philip. Thus, part of the Symbiocité residential complex in Montérégie – 171 of 1,200 housing units planned – will not go ahead.
Since the announcement of the decree, the Quebec government, the mayor of La Prairie, chambers of commerce and other entrepreneurs have protested, noting that the project had obtained the necessary approvals from Quebec.
Meanwhile, environmentalists struggling since 2013 to protect the frog in question were pleased and recalled that a court had ordered in 2015 in Ottawa to apply its law on endangered species.
On Thursday, the Association of Professional Construction and Housing Québec (APCHQ) has decided to challenge directly the two ministers responsible for the environment: David Heurtel in Quebec and Catherine McKenna in Ottawa. In the letter which La Presse Canada obtained a copy, entrepreneurs claim to both governments a “process clear collaboration and consultation.”
The association represents 17 000 companies estimated that the decree sets a worrying precedent and plunges developers in uncertainty. And she makes the two governments responsible for that uncertainty.