Local communities get close to $10 million
Seen in the photo taken in Coaticook last Friday are (left to right, front middle): Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Occupation of Territory, Pierre Moreau; St. Francois Liberal MNA Guy Hardy; and Coaticook MRC prefect Jacques Madore, surrounded by the mayors of the municipalities.
Last Friday, representatives from all levels of government converged on Coaticook to witness Quebec’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Pierre Moreau, announce that twelve municipalities in the riding of Saint-François will receive $9,599,319 over the next five years under the new federal-provincial Gas Tax Fund agreement and from the Government of Quebec’s contribution for the completion of priority infrastructure projects. It’s part of the $2.67 billion that will be awarded over the next five years.
The purpose of the new agreement between Canada and Quebec is to ensure funding for the renewal of municipal and local infrastructure with a view to sustainable development.
Canada will distribute close to $2.4 billion to the Government of Quebec who will provide $780 million as its share of the program.
“The federal Gas Tax Fund supports economic growth from coast to coast by ensuring that Canadian communities continue to provide a quality of life that ranks among the best in the world. Our government is proud to provide municipalities with predictable, longterm funding to help them build and revitalize their public infrastructure while creating jobs and promoting long-term prosperity.” Said Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec in a speech read by Coaticook mayor, Bertrand Lamoureux.
“This is very good news for the twelve municipalities of Saint-François. This government financial support is an invaluable investment in the future of these communities. Over the next five years, they will be able to build new infrastructure and upgrade facilities to ensure highquality public services that meet citizens’ needs,” said a beaming M.N.A. for Saint-François, Guy Hardy.
In a strange twist, the joint Ottawa-Quebec press release omitted the federal contributions for two paragraphs, this time not in the French version, but in the English one.
In the photo at the right, Coaticook mayor Bertrand Lamoureux in conversation with Minister Pierre Moreau.