New $1 million synthetic field inaugurated in Saint-lazare
Soulanges Liberal MNA crying foul at invitation snub
This has happened in the past,» Charlebois, Assistant Official Opposition Chief Government Whip, commented. «I could overlook it once or twice, but I am going to look into this now,» she vowed.
During a March, 2012 announcement, Charlebois was heralded as the being the driving force behind the awarding of a provincial sports and recreation grant representing 50% of the maximum project cost, or $453,000 of the total $946,733.
Then Saint-Lazare mayor Pierre Kary said the grant would help save tax payers a lot of money.
Putting her best foot forward however during Monday’s festivities that included soccer and football themed cupcakes, the Soulanges MNA shucked off her summer sandals to kick first a football then a soccer ball while being cheered on by the many young athletes in attendance.
The inauguration Monday of a nearly $1 million synthetic turf field in Saint-Lazare brought out local sports teams and provincial and town officials including PQ MNA Guy Leclair, representing education, sports and recreation minister Marie Malavoy. But Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois, who spearhead the field project last year, is crying foul at not receiving an official government invitation to the event.
Charlebois said she’s been doing physical training herself and wants to encourage kids in the region to get outdoors and be active.
Saint-Lazare mayor Robert Grimaudo, and Leclair, the MNA for Beauharnois, also took a turn kicking a football and soccer ball, as did Saint Lazare Stallion football players, and members of the U16 F A Saint-Lazare Hudson Soccer Club Hawks team.
One soccer player even scored on Grimaudo when the mayor, who also teaches goalie clinics in the town, took to the net.
More than 2,000 Saint Lazare youths, and many from the region and beyond, are expected to make use of the synthetic field that will be used earlier each spring and later each fall than a normal grass field could. The field, located behind Westwood Jr. High School, will also be used during the day by students from the Lester B. Pearson school.
Denise Stilmann of Saint-Lazare, with
her family and town councillor and judge Michel Lambert, was crowned
queen of the pies.