A fee of close to$ 1 Million for Bel-Air
Shawinigan — The victory has a price. Even if the judge Suzanne Ouellet whitens completely Bel-Air Laurentien aviation for its operations of flights of seaplanes tourism to the lake, the Turtle, the owner of the company, Alfred St-Onge son, do not escape without scars. Nearly eight years after the beginning of this long battle, he has swallowed up 978 000 $ in its defence.
The business man tells of having celebrated soberly the dissemination of this judgment, on Thursday, with a dinner with family. The Coalition against noise has a period of one month to appeal, so that the representatives of the company remain on their guard. This much awaited decision is still a balm on the stress created by this long battle.
“We found it very distressing,” Mr. St-Onge. “This is a huge weight that we had on us. It is not easy to pass through. It hired my company, my employees, who didn’t know if they would have to work the next day. We could not say that it would be re-established quickly, or that the decision would be to our advantage. A trial, you never know what happens at the end of it.”
The business man understands that the legislature wanted to balance the forces by setting out the rules of a class action, particularly as regards the settlement of fees. The Coalition against the noise received support from the Fonds d’aide aux recours collectives, while Bel-Air Laurentien aviation had to make do with the means of the board.
“The legislature wanted to counter multinational companies”, commented Mr. St-Onge. “In our case, we are a small company of 13 employees. It is a terrible weapon against us. If you are a small company starts its activities was involved in there, she would never get to the end of the trial. It is too demanding in monetary terms.”
“Since the beginning, it cost us near a million, of 978 000 $ more exactly”, he says. “We have had no financial assistance. All the flows that we have gained during 40 years is past. In addition, in the immediate, it prevents the progression of the company. You can not invest what we have not.”
Remember that the restaurant The Propeller had closed its doors for instruction, last year. Mr. St-Onge does not believe that his family will resume its operations, but he admits to having received a few offers.
“At least you will now be able to devote a bit more to the company,” console-t-it. “In recent years, we have worked to defend and we did not stop to think about it.”
Mr. St-Onge points out that the support of many residents has no doubt tipped the balance in the mind of the court, especially with the many exclusions of the action.
“There is also the fact that we have always respected the regulations in force”, he remarked. “Otherwise, we would have been able to lose the lawsuit.”