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Federal and provincial governments contribute to new $7.5 million Vaudreuil-Dorion library


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From left to right – Vaudreuil-Dorion Councillors Paul Dumoulin; Paul Normand; Josée Clément; Mayor Guy Pilon; Councillor François Séguin; CAQ MNA and provincial Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, François-Philippe Champagne; Vaudreuil Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols; Councillor Diane Morin; Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal MP Peter Schiefke; Soulanges CAQ MNA Marilyne Picard, and Councillor Céline Chartier at the press conference on February 18 to announce the financial contribution of $2.5 million from each of the federal, provincial and municipal governments for the construction of a new 7.5 million library in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Representatives at the federal, provincial and municipal level were on hand at a press conference on Monday, February 18, to announce joint contributions of about $2.5 million each for the construction of a new $7.5 million municipal library in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

The announcement was made by Federal Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Peter Schiefke; provincial CAQ Member of the National Assembly (MNA) and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, François-Philippe Champagne; Marilyne Picard, the CAQ MNA for Soulanges who represented Nathalie Roy, Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the French Language; and Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon.

‘Meeting changing community needs’

“This is an exciting announcement,” Schiefke told The Journal. “Vaudreuil-Dorion at one point had the fastest growth in the country. What we need to do is work together at different levels of government to change the infrastructure and add new infrastructure to create new opportunities for the people living in our community, particularly the young families who moved here.

“Instead of renovating the current library this year we’re going to be able to build a brand new one that’s going to meet the needs of an ever-changing community like Vaudreuil-Dorion,” Schiefke added.

‘A gift to future generations’

“This is a gift to future generations. We can never invest too much in culture. We’re also investing in a green infrastructure that will have technology, a green environment and be a learning centre for people of all ages where they can gather,” said Minister Champagne.

The scope of the project shows that all three levels of government have taken into consideration the rapid growth of Vaudreuil-Dorion and the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. “We’re responding in a very meaningful way for the community by investing in a building that will be three times larger,” said Champagne.

‘A flagship cultural facility’

“I keep saying people pay taxes at the municipal, provincial, and federal level. What they want from us is to work together. Today is a good example when all levels of government work together. When we put our citizens in the middle of our decision making, we can achieve great things,” said Champagne.

The library is also part of the provincial government initiative to create high-quality infrastructure and broaden access to culture throughout Quebec, said MNA Picard. “This project will surely contribute to improve living conditions for Vaudreuil-Dorion residents in a more attractive and dynamic environment with a flagship cultural facility,” she said.

Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols said she was proud to have worked on the project during the tenure of the former Liberal government. “I’m really happy about this announcement,” she said. ”I had been working with the mayor and Peter Schiefke for the past three years. I’m very proud.”

Modern technology and 3-D printing

The project will feature a new 3,000-square-metre building which will include a social area, reception and service spaces, work areas, a section for youth, a creative laboratory and administrative offices. It will give locals access to an innovative space with modern technology that will include 3-D printing.

The library will be a part of a brand new civic centre that will also house the new city hall and indoor swimming pool. It will be located near the Centre Multisports and Boulevard de la Gare train station. A beaming Mayor Guy Pilon said he was very proud of the cooperation that took place among the different levels of government to make the project a reality. “I’m very happy,” he said.

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