Judge gives green light to class action against airport

For years, noise pollution has been a plague on the lives of many Montrealers who live in close proximity to the airport.

Waking up in the middle of the night to the roar of jet engines only a couple hundred meters overhead can be a nightly occurrence for Roger Trottier, a resident of Saint-Laurent, who lives just 300 meters from the flight path.

“Sometimes it’s at 2am. Sometimes it’s at midnight,” he said, “and every morning at 4:30am a plane wakes me up.”

But, after today, perhaps there is some hope that the cries of citizen group Les Pollués de Montréal-Trudeau, which represents residents affected by the noise pollution, will no longer fall on deaf ears.

A class action lawsuit against Aeroports de Montreal, NAV Canada, and Transport Canada was given the green light, this morning, by a Quebec Superior Court Judge.

“Now, even though they are a federal institution, somebody here is telling them that they have to behave,” said Michel Dion, a resident of Ahunsic-Cartierville.

The suit argues that a night time flight curfew, which bars planes of a certain weight from landing between 11pm and 7am, is not being respected, and that the excessive noise constitutes a violation of basic human rights.

Les Pollués de Montréal-Trudeau is demanding stricter enforcement of the curfew and is asking for financial compensation for the suffering its members have already gone through.

“I don’t care about the money,” Dion said. “What’s more important is I want to live in and around my house without being constantly disturbed by those airplanes flying around my house.”