STRAIT AREA: In the midst of a federal cabinet shuffle, two parliamentary secretaries took a tour of the region and one of them announced funding for a major piece of tourism infrastructure.
Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced on Monday that the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) will be investing $20,000 through its Innovative Communities Fund and the Government of Nova Scotia is investing $25,000 through the Department of Municipal Affairs to create a tourism gateway by improving public spaces in Sherbrooke to support this developing sector.
Joining Fraser on Tuesday was Parliamentary Secretary to the federal minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Marco Mendicino, who recently started a Maritime tour in Nova Scotia.
“Over the past couple of days, I’ve been touring across this great province to showcase some of the landmark infrastructure projects which the Government of Canada is supporting,” he said. “It’s great to be able to come to different parts of the country and it’s great to see the impact of infrastructure in Nova Scotia.”
Along with Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner, Mendicino ended Monday by taking in the amenities of the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex (CLC) in Guysborough where he threw on a local Guysborough Gents hockey jersey and hit the shinny rink to practice his tip-drills and do some skating.
“It’s great to see how this community centre is bringing people together, and I know they have a number of programs here which are very inviting,” he said. “From free rentals when it comes to skates, a special program that teaches adults how to skate for the first time; this is exactly the project the Government of Canada wants to partner with the Province of Nova Scotia and with local leaders like right here in Guysborough.”
Mendicino said it’s very fulfilling to visit buildings like the CLC and see the high-quality and caliber of the facility. He said it’s extremely gratifying to imagine the impact on the quality of life in Guysborough.
Tuesday morning both Fraser and Mendicino attended the official opening of the Paqtnkek Interchange where Mendicino highlighted the importance of the project.
Both parliamentary secretaries then toured the Xavier Commons at StFX University which will be home to two world-class facilities, a new institute of government and a new centre for innovation and health.
Fraser said this project is about the commitment to the country’s infrastructure; investing in projects that will create jobs in the short-term but in the long-term will leave communities with assets that are valuable for the generation to come.
“In this case, we’re going to have two facilities as a result of the largest investment that the government has ever made in StFX’s history of $30 million,” he said. “These academic institutes are going to create young leaders who make contributions to our community in both public policy and the health field.”
They ended the day by visiting the East Coast Credit Union Social Enterprise Centre, to view the unprecedented partnership between the Canadian Association for Community Living and Royal Canadian Legion.
As someone who represents so many small towns and rural communities, Fraser pointed to the local projects as proof of his government’s commitment to small communities.