Que­bec gives $ for cross-coun­try ski trail

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Last Thurs­day, March 24th, Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid an­nounced, on be­half of the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, recreation and sport, Se­bastien Proulx, fi­nan­cial sup­port for as much as $25,797 to cre­ate a cross­coun­try ski course that con­forms to in­ter­na­tional norms, a project pre­sented by the Club de ski de fond du Parc du Mont Or­ford.

“Be­sides con­tribut­ing to the of­fer of bet­ter sport­ing and re­cre­ational con­di­tions for cit­i­zens, this in­vest­ment will bring up the qual­ity of the cross­coun­try ski trails in the Parc du Mont-Or­ford and make it pos­si­ble to hold na­tional and in­ter­na­tional events in our re­gion,” com­mented Mr. Reid.

The Min­is­ter of the Estrie re­gion, Luc Fortin, was happy with the an­nounce­ment. “Thanks to this project, the re­gion will not only im­prove its recreation and sport­ing of­fer, it will also al­low ath­letes, young ath­letes and the general pop­u­la­tion to ben­e­fit from safe in­stal­la­tions adapted to their needs. These ini­tia­tives show how much we want to pro­mote a phys­i­cally ac­tive life­style,” said Min­is­ter Fortin.

In all of Que­bec, about one hun­dred and ten con­struc­tion, ren­o­va­tion and im­prove­ment sport­ing or recreation projects are go­ing on thanks to $50 mil­lion in gov­ern­ment sup­port. These projects were an­a­lyzed and se­lected ac­cord­ing to the rules and norms of the Pro­gramme de sou­tien aux in­stal­la­tions sportives et recre­atives, phase three of the Fonds pour le de­vel­oppe­ment du sport et de l’ac­tivite physique.

“We know that ac­cess to mod­ern and safe sport­ing and recreation fa­cil­i­ties is a main fac­tor in en­cour­ag­ing the pop­u­la­tion to move. For the gov­ern­ment of Que­bec, the re­al­iza­tion of projects aimed at en­sur­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion, func­tion­al­ity and qual­ity of fa­cil­i­ties as well as their con­form­ity to es­tab­lished norms is a pos­i­tive and re­spon­si­ble ges­ture,” said Min­is­ter Proulx.

Seen here at the an­nounce­ment of money for a new cross-coun­try ski trail are (l. to r): Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid; René Pomer­leau, course di­rec­tor for the Club de ski de fond du Parc du Mont Or­ford; and Arnold Ross, pres­i­dent of the Club de ski de fond du Parc du Mont Or­ford.

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