MacKay, Schwartz to be feted at chamber event
Energy and Environment at Cape Breton University was an example of how he has helped the area, MacDougall said.
A recent announcement that Ottawa will contribute $9.5 million through its infrastructure stimulus fund to improvements at Marine Atlantic’s docking facilities was also made by MacKay, she noted.
“For this area, he was very helpful in a number of projects,” she said. “He was very open and very receptive to understanding areas that are outside of the larger metro areas, and that was much appreciated.”
Keith Ashfield, a Conservative MP for Fredericton, replaced MacKay as minister for ACOA and the Atlantic Gateway in a cabinet shuffle last month.
The dinner will be held Thursday with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Park garrison in Sydney. Tickets are $60 for chamber members and $75 for non-membe r s . Proceeds, minus the cost of staging the dinner, will go to a military family fund to show appreciation to men and women serving their country and to their families.
Schwartz will also be honoured at the dinner for his role as a founder of the Canadian In t e rna t iona l Demining Corps, a charitable organization dedicated to reducing the menace of unexploded land mines in war torn countries, according to a release from the chamber.
“It has been such a benefit throughout the world,” said MacDougall.
A Cape Breton Post story in June noted that Schwartz, who is an Officer of the Order of Canada, is chairing Cape Breton Cares, a multi-million dollar campaign in support of cancer and neonatal care at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Schwartz has led more than 30 companies during his business career and has been an active community volunteer in addition to co-founding the demining corps.
The defence minister indicated he would like to help pay tribute to Schwartz, said MacDougall.
During the reception, MacKay will also refer to the Pearson Peacekeeping Collection, which was acquired by Cape Breton University in 2005 following the closure of a military training facility at Cornwallis Park.
Deputy premier Frank Corbett will also make some remarks.