Mr. Speaker, I would like to point out to my colleague that I was making a comparison. I said so earlier.
This company strangely looks like ADM and that is why, of course, I allowed myself to talk about it here when dealing with the problem caused by the transfer of Mirabel flights to Dorval.
The distinction between regular and charter air services is diminishing so that a considerable reduction of charter activities at Mirabel cannot be excluded, which could put into question the airport's financial profitability. Several carriers that were consulted by the Department of Transportation pointed out they expected Mirabel to close sooner or later.
As a result of the Quebec government's position on this issue, ADM's chief executive officer responded in an article released in La Presse on Wednesday, May 29, and I quote: ``May I suggest to you that public hearings on this issue are not necessary, since the area has long been waiting for these undertakings and there is a wide consensus on this''.
Furthermore, Jacques Auger mentioned that the nature of the company's project was not subject to the assessment process provided for in each of the acts. Why? Because we are not enlarging Dorval airport, we will not increase its surface, we are not adding new runways, nor are we extending existing ones".
ADM's decision is a blatant lack of transparency, as would be the case for Nav Canada, because the people involved are still demanding public hearings. A second mistake should be avoided. The first one was made when the land around Mirabel was expropriated. Are we going to say once again to the people in my riding that it was another administrative error?
Bill C-20 must not be adopted, because it does not take into account the safety of the people concerned. A report from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada lists the aeronautical incidents that occurred around Mirabel and Dorval between January 1, 1981 and May 10, 1996.
This report also deals with safety matters. It points out that, during the same period, 89 reportable incidents occurred at Mirabel as opposed to 284 at Dorval. It concludes by demonstrating that the number of accidents is 13 times higher at Dorval than at Mirabel.
Even if the percentage of fatal accidents is low, with over 60 million passengers passing through Canadian airports every year, one must not forget the impact of transferring flights to Dorval.
A group of citizens calling themselves "Citizens for Quality of Life" or CQV in French got together to oppose ADM's decision to transfer flights from Mirabel to Dorval, because it will increase the level of noise and pollution in neighbouring municipalities without really generating any economic benefits. These municipalities are Ville-Saint-Laurent, Dorval and Mount Royal.
Furthermore, this group decided to intervene through the judicial process. It disclosed new environmental studies that raise many questions. One of these studies was carried out by the firm of D'Aragon, Desbiens, Halde et Associés, which maintains that the studies on air quality published by ADM are incomplete. Two other studies were done by Rowan, Williams, Davies & Irwin, a Guelph-based engineering consulting firm with expertise-