Lac-Mégantic, QC, July 13. 2014 / CNW Telbec / – The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Mr. Pierre Moreau , Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister responsible for the Estrie region, Mr. Pierre Paradis , MP for Mégantic and the President of the Interdepartmental Committee on the revival of Mégantic and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister responsible for the Estrie region and the Minister of Transport, Mr. Ghislain Bolduc, today announced financial assistance of 60 million to enable the community to resume a normal life and to continue the reconstruction, recovery and resumption of economic activities in Lac-Mégantic as had promised the Prime Minister, Mr. Philippe Couillard , with the Mayor Madame Colette Roy Laroche , July 6 at the commemoration activities.
“We can never replace the loved ones who perished in the disaster of 6 July 2013. However, like the entire population of Quebec, the Government intends to maintain its support for Méganticois. The resumption of normal life in Lac-Mégantic is a priority for our government. This is why we offer ongoing support to the City and its victims, “assured Minister Paradis.
Specifically, the financial assistance of $ 60 million to help compensate victims, to allow the reconstruction of the city center, the shopping area and the revitalization of Fatima sector.
“Nearly a year after the tragedy that shocked the entire province, we are aware of the urgency to act. Today’s announcement reflects the government’s desire to be responsive to the concerns and anxieties experienced by the population of Lac-Mégantic and meet their expectations, “said MP Bolduc.
The exceptional nature of the current situation means that the assistance of the Department of Public Safety and financial compensation measures for reconstruction and recovery programs may not be sufficient to meet the needs of the City of Lac-Megantic citizens who live there as well as economic traders. That is why the funding announced today will therefore aim to cover direct costs for which there is no other form of financial support. These measures were consistently complement the intervention of the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight against climate change.
“I welcome the decision of the Quebec government to take action to address the different needs in the city center.This step will clarify the actions to be taken by the various actors in the future. Moreover, funds for the reconstruction of the order of $ 35 million were announced on 5 December 2013 by the Government of Canada . Citizens can be seen that the different levels of government work together to help rebuild Lac-Mégantic, properly and promptly to enable the fullest possible extent, a return to a peaceful and normal life, “said Christian Paradis , MP Mégantic-Maple and Minister for International Development and the Francophonie.
“The effort by the government since the events for the benefit of Méganticois effort represents an estimated $ 409 million to date amount. This considerable effort is a clear message of our government and, through him, of all Quebecois to support a community that has been proven exceptional way, “concluded Minister Moreau.