Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties at heart of Que­bec’s cul­tural devel­op­ment

– UMQ

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

The pres­i­dent of the Union des mu­nic­i­palites du Que­bec (UMQ) and mayor of Sher­brooke, Bernard Se­vi­gny, took part on Au­gust 29th in the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions on the re­newal of the Poli­tique cul­turelle du Que­bec. He made sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions to stim­u­late cul­tural dy­namism, to de­moc­ra­tize cul­ture and bet­ter pro­tect and con­serve the her­itage of Que­bec.

“Cul­ture is at the heart of our iden­tity and it is also an eco­nomic devel­op­ment and so­cial mo­tor in all the re­gions of Que­bec. Of­ten, the first con­tact the pub­lic has with cul­ture hap­pens on the lo­cal stage. By con­tribut­ing to the cul­tural vi­tal­ity of com­mu­ni­ties, the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties sup­port artists and cre­ate qual­ity and at­trac­tive places to live. The new Poli­tique cul­turelle du Que­bec must take into ac­count this re­al­ity, rec­og­nize the cen­tral role of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and of­fer them ad­e­quate sup­port,” com­mented Mr. Se­vi­gny.

The UMQ pro­poses dif­fer­ent ac­tion plans to re­view the gov­er­nance and fi­nanc­ing of cul­tural devel­op­ment agree­ments, rec­og­nize and de­velop the role of pub­lic li­braries and stim­u­late ci­ti­zen par­tic­i­pa­tion in cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. The Union also hopes that the new pol­icy will favour pro­tec­tion and conservation of lo­cal her­itage, no­table by re­vis­ing the agree­ments be­tween Que­bec and the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties on her­itage as well as fi­nan­cial mea­sures for the pri­vate own­ers of her­itage build­ings.

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