Canadian government's investment in CMA now at $8M
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ONLINE FIRST: EDMUNDSTON – Officials from different levels of Canadian goverment gathered and announced a total investment of $8 million for the 2014 World Acadian Congress / Congres Mondial Acadien, according to a press release from France Le Moignan, who is charged with communications for CMA 2014.

Participating in the announcement were Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (Francophonie) Bernard Valcourt; New Brunswick's Prime Minister David Alward; and the Minister of Health and Social Services for Quebec, Dr. Yves Bolduc.

Minister Valcourt announced the federal investment of four million dollars at the Saint-Basile Great Upheaval Memorial on Friday.

"Job creation and Canada's economic prosperity are our government priority," he said. "Our investment will help the 2014 World Acadian Congress in promoting at international level the Madawaska region as a major tourist destination where economic development is at the forefront."

Prime Minister David Alward added to that an investment of more than two million dollars from New Brunswick government.

"We are pleased to contribute to this unifying event which will help in promoting Acadian regions but also the province of New Brunswick as a whole," said Alward. "The World Acadian Congress is a major international event which will permit to stimulate the tourism industry and to create opportunities for a better economic growth and a greater prosperity in Madawaska region. Today, thanks to the announcement, we are all partners for the economic growth."

In Dégelis, Minister Bolduc announed support of the Quebec government, amounting to two million dollars.

"I am proud of our government support for this big event which will take place, in part, and for the first time, in Quebec. uniting Temiscouata, northwest of New Brunswick and the north of the state of Maine. Acadia of the Lands and Forests territory is a region inhabited by diverse populations who share French language. The economic benefits for Temiscouata region and its vicinity will be huge and I am pleased about the coming of representatives of several countries and tens of thousands visitors in the region."

President of the 2014 World Acadian Congress' Organizing Committee Émilien Nadeau said he is glad about the cooperation of the different governments towards this international event.

"Our government authorities' collaboration is essential in the organization of such a Congress. We are proud that the government of Canada, New Brunswick and Quebec join their efforts to the 2014 CMA's Organizing Committee, allowing us to promote Acadian pride within our communities and all over the world."

These eight million are added to the one million dollars investment for the 2014 World Acadian Congress from the state of Maine in the United States, in 2011.

Additionally, just under $100,000 has been pledged by St. John Valley communities, according to Don Levesque of Edmundston, a vice president of one of the American organizing committees.

"We are in pretty good shape," he said.

The goal is a great welcoming of Acadia of the World and its friends in Acadia of the Lands and Forests, Aug. 8-24, 2014. The World Acadian Congress is an event that every five years brings together the Acadian diaspora throughout the world. Several activities will be offered for more than two weeks to demonstrate culture, heritage and regional charms.