Canadian government invests $8 million in the 2014 World Acadian Congress

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8 July 2012

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS– The 2014 World Acadian Congress is being organized thanks to Canada, New Brunswick and Quebec governments.

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Friday, July 6, the Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Francophonie, Bernard Valcourt, New Brunswick's Prime Minister, David Alward and the Minister of Health and Social Services for Quebec, Dr. Yves Bolduc, announced their support to the 2014 CMA, with a total investment that exceeds $8 million.

Friday morning, at Saint-Basile Great Upheaval Memorial (N-B), Minister Valcourt announced the federal investment of $4 million.

“Job creation and Canada's economic prosperity are our government priority. Our investment will help the 2014 World Acadian Congress in promoting at international level the Madawaska region as a major tourist destination where economic development is at the forefront.”

Prime Minister David Alward added to that an investment of more than $2 million from New Brunswick government.

“We are pleased to contribute to this unifying event which will help in promoting Acadian regions but also the province of New Brunswick as a whole,” said M. Alward. “The World Acadian Congress is a major international event which will permit to stimulate the tourism industry and to create opportunities for a better economic growth and a greater prosperity in Madawaska region. Today, thanks to the announcement, we are all partners for the economic growth.”

In Dégelis, Minister Bolduc ended the morning by announcing the support of the Quebec government, amounting to $2 million.

“I am proud of our government support for this big event which will take place, in part, and for the first time, in Quebec. Uniting Temiscouata, northwest of New Brunswick and the north of the state of Maine, Acadia of the Lands and Forests territory is a region inhabited by diverse populations who share French language for more than 90 percent. The economic benefits for Temiscouata region and its vicinity will be huge and I am pleased about the coming of representatives of several countries and tens of thousands visitors in the region.”

The President of the 2014 World Acadian Congress' Organizing Committee, Émilien Nadeau, is glad about the cooperation of the different governments towards this international unifying event.

“Our government authorities' collaboration is essential in the organization of such a Congress. We are proud that the government of Canada, New Brunswick, and Quebec join their efforts to the 2014 CMA's Organizing Committee, allowing us to promote Acadian pride within our communities and all over the world.”

These $8 million are added to the $1 million investment for the 2014 World Acadian Congress from the state of Maine in the United States, in 2011. The goal is a great welcoming of Acadia of the World and its friends in Acadia of the Lands and Forests, from August 8 to August 24, 2014.