MIRABEL, QC, March 27, 2019 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is proud to contribute to the cultural, social and ancestral vitality as well as to the development of an agricultural community located in one of Quebec's most fertile lands.
Today, the Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, announced on behalf of Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, the transfer of the entire management of the Maison Jean-Paul Raymond, located in Ste-Scholastique-Mirabel, to the Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec.
When the land was expropriated in 1969, the Crown acquired an ancestral property built in 1900, now known as the Maison Jean-Paul-Raymond. On June 1, 1989, the government approved the sale of that property to the Union des producteurs agricoles in Ste-Scholastique-Mirabel on condition that clauses be included to limit its resale and its use. Today, the government announced that it will be waiving all limiting conditions to give the Union des producteurs agricoles all the flexibility needed to ensure the sustainability of the Maison Jean‑Paul‑Raymond.
Minister Joly also stated on behalf of Minister Garneau, that he is pondering the future of 748 acres of surplus lands at the former Mirabel airport. The identified lands were originally part of the sales program for the 11,000 acres of Mirabel land, which ended in 2013 after two extensions. The Government of Canada is currently holding consultations on this matter and working with interested stakeholders. Additional information will be provided when these consultations are completed.
"We are committed to working with the parties involved. This initiative illustrates the Government of Canada's willingness to support the development of communities. It will enable the Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec to strengthen its ability to soundly manage the Maison Jean-Paul Raymond in an independent fashion, and to continue its agricultural activities for generations to come."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
"The Government of Canada recognizes the important contribution made by Mirabel agricultural workers to the vitality of the Canadian economy and the well-being of our families. The complete management of Maison Jean-Paul Raymond by the Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec is a step in the right direction, allowing the agricultural community to better manage their business affairs."
The Honourable Mélanie Joly
Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information: Delphine Denis, Manager, Media Relations, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700, [email protected]; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055, [email protected]