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August 25, 2011 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates Completion of Infrastructure Work in Prince Albert National Park

Canada's Economic Action Plan makes Waskesiu greener and cleaner

WASKESIU LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, celebrated the completion of major infrastructure projects funded by Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan in Prince Albert National Park.

"Two years ago the Government of Canada invested Economic Action Plan funding into infrastructure projects here in Prince Albert National Park," said Mr. Hoback. "It's a pleasure to see how the funding is giving the town a refreshed look and to know that the hard work continuous in the area of new infrastructure to help keep Waskesiu green and clean."

Infrastructure projects in Prince Albert National Park, funded in part through Canada's Economic Action Plan, included $8.2 million towards community road renewal in the national park townsite of Waskesiu. Among new features, the installation of the oil-grit separators below the road surface to trap debris and pollutants that otherwise could spill into Waskesiu Lake. In addition, $8 million in improvements to the town's wastewater treatment system ensure park visitors and residents will be able to enjoy the clear waters of Waskesiu Lake in the future.

"Canadians feel a special affinity for the natural wonders of our country and Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan is especially loved," said Minister Kent. "Our Government's investments in Waskesiu – our legacy to future generations – are helping stimulate the economy while protecting our natural resources and improving the experiences of our visitors."

This year, Parks Canada is proudly celebrating its 100th anniversary as the first formal national park service organization in the world. Parks Canada is a world leader in managing protected areas and works to ensure that Canada's treasured natural and historic heritage places are presented and protected for all Canadians to discover and experience. A total of $374 million dollars was invested in the refurbishment of Parks Canada facilities within the framework of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

For additional information on the project, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

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