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April 17, 2009 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Marine Mammal Protection and Parks Canada Tourism Infrastructure in Charlevoix and in the Cote-Nord Region

Canada's Economic Action Plan at work in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

LES ESCOUMINS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 17, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere, today announced a major investment in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. The announcement is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is our government's plan to stimulate our economy during the global recession," said Mr. Gourde. "The Government of Canada is taking concrete action to support the economy by investing in visitor infrastructure administered by Parks Canada in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. Our government is proud to contribute to the dynamism of the tourist industry in Charlevoix and the Haute-Cote-Nord."

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets aside $75 million for improvements to visitor facilities in Canada's national parks and national historic sites over the next two years and another $75 million for the protection of national historic sites during the same time period.

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, $665,000 will be invested in the improvement of visitor infrastructure on sites administered by Parks Canada, namely the Marine Discovery Centre and the Cap de Bon-Desir and Pointe-Noire sites. In addition, scientific research, follow-up action and awareness programs on the protection of marine mammals, particularly beluga whales, will be carried out thanks to a $1.8 million investment from Parks Canada's Action on the Ground program.

"The Government of Canada is determined to play an active role regarding the conservation issues of the Saguenay-St. Laurent Marine Park. The investment announced today will contribute to the development of scientific knowledge, public awareness and management measures that will ensure the protection of species at risk, like the St. Lawrence beluga whale, while offering the public exceptional visitor experiences," said Minister Prentice.

These sites are part of the Parks Canada network of national parks and national historic sites in Quebec, which provide visitors with exceptional heritage experiences.

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