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Notes for an address by
The Honourable Lynne Yelich
Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification
Corresponding Document: News Release
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Good afternoon, everyone.
It is a pleasure to be here today on behalf of the Government of Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada, or WD as we like to call it.
To begin, I would like to acknowledge my fellow speakers,
Last year, I had the pleasure of announcing $1 million in Recreational Infrastructure Canada program funding for the City of Vancouver to improve three local parks – Norquay, Grandview and Fraserview. As a frequent visitor to your great city, I know how fortunate you are to be surrounded by such spectacular parks.
Just over a year later, I’m delighted to be here at Norquay to celebrate the completion of this park’s upgrades.
I am pleased to share this wonderful event with you all – dignitaries, City staff and local families – all gathered to enjoy the entertainment, cake, Tai Chi demonstrations and swinging bluegrass band. The improved Norquay Park has something to offer everyone, including a water spray park, playground, sports court, tai chi area, pedestrian paths, and benches for you to enjoy. These improvements are truly impressive.
Over the last two years, our Government has been busy investing $500 million through the RInC program to improve recreational infrastructure and create jobs in communities across the country. This includes 718 projects delivered by Western Economic Diversification Canada in the West, and many right here in Vancouver.
Our Government’s investment in providing better recreational facilities helps stimulate the economy, enhance local facilities and services, and contribute to the health and quality of life for all Canadians.
Nearly three years ago, the world faced an unprecedented financial crisis. Working closely with provinces, territories and communities, our Government moved quickly to deliver a timely and targeted stimulus program that created and protected jobs across the country.
Hard work, determination and responsible choices allowed us to make these extraordinary investments when times were tough. Our Government remains committed to ensuring that the stimulus program is completed and Canada returns to a balanced budget.
On behalf of our Government, I want to thank the City of Vancouver for bringing this project to Western Economic Diversification Canada for consideration. Our Government looks forward to working with municipalities, community groups and people like you, here in Vancouver, to invest in a more prosperous future for all of us.
Together, we are building a stronger West for a stronger Canada.
Thank you and congratulations!