Blanc-Sablon mayor wants to join Newfoundland and Labrador

Stephen Roberts stephen.roberts@northernpen.ca
Published on August 19, 2014
The community of Blanc-Sablon
Telegram file photo

It might be time to re-draw the Quebec-Labrador border, says Armand Joncas.

The Blanc-Sablon mayor believes the Quebec Lower North Shore would be better served as a part of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The Lower North Shore is forgotten by the rest of the province,” he says.

According to Joncas, both geographically and culturally the region’s interests lie with Newfoundland and Labrador.

The mayor cites a number of issues including the incompletion of route 138 from Kagaska to Old Fort. This secludes the Lower North Shore from the rest of the province and, therefore, residents rely, primarily, on their connection to NL for a number of services.

Approximately 80 per cent of the population in Blanc-Sablon is English speaking and a large number originally settled along the shore from NL. These are fishing villages where the people share more in common with their neighbours across the border than with the rest of Quebec, he says.

In September, the combined councils of the Lower North Shore (known as MRC La Côte-Nord-du-Golfe-St-Laurent) will discuss the matter and decide how to move from there.