MP Jean Rousseau Fears for Louis S. St Lau­rent Na­tional His­toric Site

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Compton

Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment cuts to the Louis S. St. Lau­rent Na­tional His­toric Site in Compton leads MP Jean Rousseau fear the worst about the fu­ture of this im­por­tant mu­seum in­sti­tu­tion.

The cuts will mean no more guided tours and a shorter open­ing sea­son for vis­i­tors.

“All those who have vis­ited the Louis S. St. Lau­rent Na­tional His­toric Site know that the guided tour is es­sen­tial to the tourism ex­pe­ri­ence of this site of Cana­dian and Eastern Town­ships his­tory,” said Jean Rousseau.

The MP also didn’t hide his con­cern for the long term sur­vival of the in­sti­tu­tion. “The Con­ser­va­tives are forc­ing the mu­seum into a vi­cious circle. A shorter open­ing sea­son means fewer vis­i­tors, which will lead to in­creas­ingly re­duced ser­vices un­til we end up clos­ing the mu­seum all to­gether,” said Jean Rousseau.

“The fall is a strong tourism pe­riod in Compton, es­pe­cially with the Comp­tom­nales and beau­ti­ful scenery. We can’t close the mu­seum in the mid­dle of this im­por­tant pe­riod,” said Jean Rousseau.

The New Demo­crat MP is call­ing on the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment to take a sec­ond look at this is­sue to avoid jeop­ar­diz­ing the tourism sea­son in the Eastern Town­ships and en­sure the fu­ture of the Louis S. St. Lau­rent Na­tional His­toric Site.

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