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April 27, 2007 10:45 ET

Canada's New Government Awards a Contract for the Development of the Pavillion at Espace 400e and Unveils the Site Design Sketches of Espace 400e

QUEBEC, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) - On behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of International Cooperation, Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Quebec region, and the Honourable Michael Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced the awarding of a $7.3 million contract with EBC Inc. for the expansion and the renovation of the pavilion of Espace 400e, the official site of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the City of Quebec, in 2008.

Ministers Verner and Fortier unveiled the sketches for the landscaping and architectural design. Key players in the organization of Quebec's 400th anniversary were also present at the event, including City of Quebec officials and representatives from the Societe du 400e anniversaire de Quebec.

"As Minister of International Cooperation, Minister for la Francophonie and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Quebec region, I am very pleased that our Government is recognizing the importance of Quebec's 400th anniversary - cradle of the French presence in America - through the realization of key projects like Espace 400e," stated Minister Josee Verner. The 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City also reminds us of the origins of the French language and culture in Canada."

The Government's financial contribution will allow the expansion and renovation of the pavilion of the Espace 400e site. Structural, architectural, mechanical and electrical work will be undertaken. A new glass curtain wall will be installed, doubling the existing exterior walls. All restoration work will be done according to sustainable development principles, incorporating elements such as geothermic systems, radiant floor heating and natural ventilation systems.

"Canada's New Government recognizes the importance of celebrating Quebec's 400th anniversary. These investments demonstrate our will to create in the Bassin Louise area a lasting legacy that will commemorate - long after the celebration - this moment of great historic importance for our country," said Minister Verner.

This contract is awarded from a total budget of $24 million allocated to Parks Canada for the development of Espace 400e as well as exhibits on immigration, the St. Lawrence, and Parks Canada's network of national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas. In 2009, the Espace 400e pavilion will be turned into a Parks Canada Discovery Centre, acting on the Government of Canada's wish to create in Bassin Louise a permanent testimony of the 2008 celebrations.

"This revitalisation project has high environmental performance objectives," said Minister Fortier. "The finest high tech equipment used in the Espace 400e pavilion will boost energy efficiency and result in important potable water savings. In addition, since the site will be easily accessible by alternate transportation means such as public busses, train, and bicycle, it will encourage people to use green transportation."

In 2008, Canada's New Government will have invested a total of $110 million in Quebec's 400th anniversary celebrations allocated as follows: $40 million to the Societe du 400e for the organization of the celebrations, and $70 million for various infrastructure projects including Espace 400e, Pointe-a-Carcy, Beauport Bay and Brown Basin. These projects will constitute a permanent legacy from the Government of Canada to the population of Quebec, celebrating the city's 400th anniversary.

Parks Canada is responsible for several national historic sites closely linked to the history of the French presence in Canada, some of the most important ones, the Saint-Louis Forts and Chateaux, the Fortifications of Quebec and the Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Sites of Canada, are located in Quebec City.

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