June 18, 2010
ST. MARTINS (CNB) - A new, 4.3-km section of the Fundy Trail Parkway east of St. Martins officially opened today.
The opening was attended by Premier Shawn Graham; National Revenue Keith Ashfield, who is also minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and minister for the Atlantic Gateway; Rob Moore, minister of state (small business and tourism); Frank Wilson, president of Fundy Trail Parkway Inc.; members of the Fundy Trail Development Authority (FTDA) Inc.; and local mayors.
"Today's celebration is just further proof that the Fundy Trail is one of the crown jewels of New Brunswick's tourist attractions," said Graham. "It is a must-see destination in New Brunswick. When completed, it will link such iconic sites as the Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage and Fundy National Park."
Upon completion of this section, the parkway will provide a scenic coastal link road linking Saint John, Sussex and Moncton.
"As New Brunswickers, we are fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and one of the world's most stunning coastlines," said Moore. "Our government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is proud to contribute to a project that helps showcase one of our country's greatest tourist attractions."
The federal and provincial governments have invested a total of $10 million in the extension to the parkway under the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund. New Brunswick will receive a total of $175 million from the federal government for core infrastructure priorities such as water, wastewater, green energy, core national highways and tourism.
"Our government is investing in infrastructure priorities to enable communities across our country to continue to grow and prosper," said Ashfield. "The completion of the Fundy Trail Parkway is a prime example of this deep commitment to strong, prosperous communities and to stimulating economic growth. This project will have a positive impact on the region now and for future generations."
"The president and board of directors of the FTDA Inc. acknowledge the past and current strong support of both the provincial and federal governments," said Wilson. "This initiative, when completed, will yield significant returns in the form of taxes and employment that will justify the support of the governments."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; James Kusie, Office of Canada's Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Minister, 613-991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, 613-948-1148.