The president of the Table des préfets des MRC de la Gaspésie, Nadia Minassian, affirms that Keolis Canada has the obligation to maintain its service in Gaspésie.
This position follows Keolis Canada’s threat to suspend travel east of Rimouski as of February 7. The parent company of Orleans Express justifies its intention by the lack of customers since the start of the pandemic, which affects its financial capacity.
According to Nadia Minassian, the company must respect its commitment made with its group:
She recalls that a judgment of the Commission des transports du Québec obliges the carrier to maintain part of its desert in the region.
The president of the Table des préfets considers that it is up to Keolis to take steps with the government to obtain financial support from him:
According to Nadia Minassian, this service is essential for the people of Gaspésie and it must be maintained. If the problem persists in the future, solutions will need to be analyzed to resolve the situation once and for all: