June 22, 2009
BOUCTOUCHE (CNB) - A $1.7-million partnership between the provincial and federal governments will help Le Pays de la Sagouine reopen its restaurant/dinner theatre in time for the 2009 tourism season. The announcement was made in Bouctouche by Premier Shawn Graham and Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), during the official launch of the 2009 season at Le Pays de la Sagouine.
"We need to invest strategically in areas where our economy is strong in order to build a self-sufficient tomorrow," said Graham. "Tourism is one of those areas, and the Le Pays de la Sagouine is one of the many crown jewels of New Brunswick's tourism attractions."
"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that build on community and regional strengths to provide opportunities for economic growth," said Ashfield. "Through ACOA, we are proud to have invested $800,000 to support the reconstruction efforts of Le Pays de la Sagouine, a key cultural and tourism icon for the Beauséjour region and all of New Brunswick."
The investment has made it possible for Le Pays de la Sagouine to rebuild the restaurant/dinner theatre destroyed by fire in October 2008. The new building includes a fully equipped kitchen, as well as a reception and dinner theatre area. The project also supported the purchase and installation of new equipment and the replacement of sound and light equipment, costumes, sets and other props needed to stage the group's trademark plays.
"On Oct. 22, 2008, Le Pays de la Sagouine's Ordre du Bon Temps restaurant/theatre was destroyed in a blaze that also consumed a gift shop filled with beautiful souvenirs," said Marie-France Doucet, executive director of Le Pays de la Sagouine. "The facility had undergone major renovations in 2003, for which our organization had received support from ACOA and the Province of New Brunswick. We are very pleased that we can again count on both levels of government for support. Partnerships such as this one are what make it possible for Le Pays de la Sagouine to put on theatre shows in the summer and at Christmas."
The Government of Canada, through ACOA, has invested $800,000 through its Business Development Program, and the Province of New Brunswick is contributing $900,000 through the Regional Development Corporation, with insurance covering additional costs.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Gisèle Savoie, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-3341; Sylvie Robichaud, Le Pays de la Sagouine, 506-743-1400.