News Release Article from  Infrastructure Canada

Inauguration of Hector-Louis Langevin Park

An investment of close to 575,000 dollars

Trois-Rivières, Quebec, May 14, 2013 – This morning, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, accompanied by Yves Lévesque, Mayor of Trois-Rivières, and Cléo Marchand, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trois Rivières Port Authority (TRPA), officially inaugurated the new Hector-Louis-Langevin Park, named after the Member of Parliament for Trois-Rivières and Minister of Public Works of Canada, who, on May 17, 1882, tabled the bill creating the Trois-Rivières Harbour Commission.

"Our government is proud to invest in major infrastructure projects such as this as we focus on creating jobs, promoting long-term economic growth and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada," said Minister Lebel. "Hector-Louis-Langevin Park will encourage the residents of Trois-Rivières to take part in outdoor physical activities, while appreciating the natural beauty of the St. Lawrence River."

The project, which is part of the "On Course for 2020" strategic plan and the City's urban development plan, involved transforming a parking lot into a new green space and reflects a commitment from the two partners to provide Trois-Rivières residents with unobstructed access to the banks of the St. Lawrence and Saint-Maurice rivers over a distance of more than two kilometres. This will encourage families, residents and visitors to Trois-Rivières to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.

The enthusiastic Mayor of Trois-Rivières is delighted with the excellent co-operation that has been established with the Port Authority over the years. "Together, we have worked hard in recent years to develop the cruise ship industry. The new Hector-Louis-Langevin Park will welcome tourists and residents of Trois-Rivières alike, and will allow them to discover the history of the Port of Trois-Rivières," explained Mr. Lévesque. The City of Trois-Rivières will assume responsibility for the Park's management and activity facilitation.

"When upgrading our port infrastructure, in terms of the use of the riverside areas, we wanted to strike a balance between the social, environmental and economic spheres, which would benefit both Port users and the residents of Trois-Rivières," stated Cléo Marchand, Chair of the TRPA Board of Directors. Mr. Marchand thanked Minister Lebel and Mayor Lévesque for their involvement in the Park's development.

The Park, which was created as part of Phase 1 of "On Course for 2020," was created with a contribution of more than $216,000 from the Government of Canada's Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Trois-Rivières Port Authority contributed close to $260,000 dollars to the project, while the City of Trois-Rivières provided exterior site furnishings, lighting and signs presenting the Port's history, an investment of close to $99,000. Created by Patrimoine Trois-Rivières, these five signs were unveiled at the inauguration.

The 2013 Economic Action Plan includes a New Building Canada plan for the construction of highways, bridges, subways, commuter rail and other public infrastructure in co-operation with the provinces, territories and municipalities. As a result of Government of Canada leadership and the country's solid economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession in better shape than the economies of most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 910,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. The New Building Canada plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, helps to maintain Canada's infrastructure advantage, a key enabler of economic growth and job creation.

One of 18 Canadian port authorities, the Port of Trois-Rivières has been in operation for 130 years and provides a wide range of facilities and services for the marine industry year round. It plays a key role in regional, national and international economic development.

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit Infrastructure Canada.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit Canada's Economic Action Plan.

For more information about the Port of Trois-Rivières, go to the Port Authority website

Contacts:

Marie-Josée Paquette
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
613-991-0700

Danielle Cantin
Communications Danielle Cantin
inc. Telephone: 819-373-7135
Cellular: 819-691-5176

François Roy
Communications Director
City of Trois-Rivières
819-372-4602

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

Backgrounder

Born in Québec City in 1826, Hector-Louis Langevin went on to study law with George Étienne Cartier. He began his political career in the 1850s, when he became mayor of Québec City and Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada for Dorchester. He is one of the Fathers of Confederation.

A journalist, lawyer and Quebec politician, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Trois-Rivières in 1878, a position he would keep until 1896. During his political career, he held a number of positions in Sir John A. Macdonald's cabinets, including Minister of Public Works. It was in this capacity that he tabled the bill creating the Trois-Rivières Harbour Commission, the first public authority to oversee the management and development of the Port of Trois-Rivières.

One year ago, the Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) invited members of the Trois-Rivières port community to come up with a name for the new park. A board, made up of a historian, a representative of the City of Trois-Rivières and a member of the TRPA, analyzed the various suggestions received. From now on, the new park will commemorate the key role that Hector-Louis Langevin played in the history of the Port of Trois-Rivières.

The Prime Minister's Office and the Privy Council Office are located in the Langevin Block (1889), named in his honour.

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