Canadian Government to Fund Infastructure Project Named After National Hockey League Coach

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, accompanied by Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, and Denis Lebel, Minister of State for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, along with Senator Jacques Demers and Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, announced today that the Government of Canada will fund an infrastructure project in Stanstead. The new arena will be named after retired National Hockey League coach Pat Burns.

"We recognize the importance of supporting recreation infrastructure projects that will stimulate the economy and create jobs while promoting a healthy lifestyle for our youth," said the Prime Minister. "Projects like the one announced today in Stanstead are part of our strategy to provide Canadians with the quality of life that Canada is renowned for. The Government of Canada is very pleased that this arena will bear the name of Pat Burns, a man who has been influential to youth in the region.”

The Pat Burns Arena will serve the residents of the Town of Stanstead, the municipalities of Magog and Coaticook and the students of Stanstead College. The new building will seat over 350 people.

The Government of Canada’s contribution for this type of project is made through the Quebec-Building Canada Fund, Communities Component, under which both levels of government provide matching funding for infrastructure projects in Quebec communities with fewer than 100,000 residents.

For more details on Canada's Economic Action Plan, consult http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/index.asp

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