Harper Government Supports the Conseil Acadien de Par-en-Bas

TUSKET, NS, Sept. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - A new investment from the Government of Canada will help stimulate the economy of the Argyle region through two projects of the Conseil acadien de Par-en-Bas (CAPEB). This was announced today by Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding will enable CAPEB to organize a major cultural event in March 2013 as part of a project called Les arts en vedette. The event will include various workshops, as well as the production of a play, a music and dance show, and a visual arts exhibition. The objective of the project is to develop and showcase the artistic talents of people of all ages in the region, while fostering the public's appreciation of the arts. The objective of the second project is to raise the awareness among private-sector businesses in Yarmouth County of the importance of providing French services to the local population. This project also aims to encourage Francophones in the area to take advantage of these services.

"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous, and free country we are today."

"We are proud to invest in the projects of organizations like CAPEB," said Mr. Kerr. "These projects will contribute to the cultural vitality of the Acadian community and play a key role in boosting the region's economy and tourism industry."

"The Conseil acadien de Par-en-Bas is pleased with this vote of confidence and financial support from the Government of Canada," said Norbert LeBlanc, President of CAPEB. "This funding, which is very significant for our community, will enable us to pursue our mission and to continue our important work to increase the role of Acadian youth and artists in the community's development."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $45,000 for these two projects through the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact: 

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Gilles Thériault
Director, Regional Communications
Atlantic Region
Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)


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