January 14, 2010 15:56 ET
The Government of Canada Invests in Restoring Heritage Icons in Quebec City
Canada's Economic Action Plan at work in the historic district of Old-Quebec
QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, in the presence of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced major investments in the Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site. This announcement is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.
"I am particularly proud to be here today to announce that the Government of Canada is taking action to restore and preserve these icons of the historic district of Old-Quebec," Minister Prentice stated. "Delivered through Canada's Economic Action Plan, this investment will allow both residents, and millions of visitors to Old Quebec, to appreciate and enjoy its rich heritage resources in a safe environment."
The Government of Canada, through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, will invest more than $16 million to restore various components of the Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site, specifically the Kent, Saint-Jean and Saint-Louis gates, the Dufferin Terrace, the Saint-Louis Forts and Chateaux, Montmorency Park and the Governors' Garden.
"The fortifications of Quebec have helped make our city a UNESCO world heritage site and a top destination for travellers from around the world," Minister Verner stated. "Each year, several million tourists have the pleasure of discovering the wealth of our natural and historic heritage by strolling along the Dufferin Terrace. Today, I am proud that the Government of Canada is reaffirming its commitment to preserving and restoring the national historic sites in the Quebec region."
Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.
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