The member for Vaudreuil, Marie-Claude Nichols, says she is disappointed by the government’s decision not to have chosen the sports facilities projects of the municipalities in her riding. These were offered as part of the Recreational and Sports Infrastructure Financial Assistance Program (PAFIRS), administered by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (Quebec).
The Member explains that this year, municipalities in the riding of Vaudreuil submitted three promising projects to PAFIRS, in order to obtain financial assistance for the construction or improvement of infrastructure. Unfortunately, none of these projects were considered. She finds this regrettable, because a regional tour was organized by Minister Isabelle Charest to analyze the proposed projects, yet no stop has been planned in the riding of Vaudreuil.
«I feel a lot of disappointment from the municipal community, which has worked so hard to come up with projects that are important to our young people and that are within budget, said MP Nichols. Our region is experiencing a demographic explosion and our current infrastructures no longer meet demand. Before the list of projects is officially tabled, I ask Minister Charest to take a more serious look at the proposed projects, putting aside the political colors that color the ridings. The primary objective of a government should be to serve all people.»
Mrs. Nichols mentions that among the proposed projects, there is a joint request for financial assistance from the four mayors of the Municipalities of L’Île-Perrot for an arena. The City of L’Île-Perrot also submitted a project for an aquatic complex. Finally, a proposal was submitted by the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion, which wanted to obtain the necessary funding for the construction of an aquatic complex that would have made it possible to meet the growing demand due to the population explosion of recent years. These projects were all rejected.