Lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties get close to $10 mil­lion

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, Coat­i­cook

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.

Pho­tos Stanstead Jour­nal

In the photo at the right, Coat­i­cook mayor Ber­trand Lamoureux in con­ver­sa­tion with Min­is­ter Pierre Moreau.

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