• Justin Trudeau announced today that his government will contribute $50,000,000 toward the creation of a new Montreal park.
  • Plans for the park, announced earlier this month by mayor Valérie Plante, call for the largest urban park in Canada.
  • These plans are still preliminary, however, and the city faces obstacles before work can begin.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Mayor Valérie Plante, announced today a $50,000,000 federal investment into the giant new Montreal park, the Grand Parc de l'Ouest.

This massive project is set to consolidate the West Island's biggest parks. The park will be the largest urban greenspace in Canada and one of the biggest parks in the world, eight times larger than New York City's Central Park. 

According to a report from the Montreal Gazette, environmental groups have praised Mayor Plante for halting development and preserving the park to maintain and protect its diverse habitats.

The federal funds will come from the $2-billion Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. This funding exists to help Canadian communities deal with damages caused by climate change and extreme weather events.

The Grand Parc de l'Ouest will be located in a lowland area of Montreal, where flooding is a frequent occurrence during the spring thaw. 

The investment will enable the city "to protect and enhance several irreplaceable wetlands, in addition to upgrading stormwater outfalls in order to better protect neighbouring communities against spring floods," as per the official statement from the office of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Trudeau met today with Mayor Plante, accompanied by Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, François-Philippe Champagne. 

Mayor Plante says that "the Ville de Montréal is taking up its responsibilities in the fight against climate change and in the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity. We are implementing sustainable solutions and welcome the government’s willingness to adapt its programs to the needs of municipalities in the context of climate change."

Translation: I thank the government of @JustinTrudeau and minister @FP_Champagne for believing in our vision and for collaborating with us to protect natural environments, the wetlands, and the biodiversity of the West Island of Montreal.

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Along with improving stormwater infrastructure, the project will include "pumping stations and valves, [that] will help prevent spring flooding from the Rivière des Prairies in the areas of Chemin de la Rive-Boisée, Boulevard Jacques-Bizard, Boulevard Pierrefonds, and Boulevard Gouin." 

Translation: The Grand Parc de l'Ouest would not be possible without the collaboration of valued partners and I'm happy to see the federal government taking charge.

Months before the election, Prime Minister Trudeau is polling high in Quebec and this huge investment for an upcoming Montreal project will undoubtedly help his cause. 

The Grand Parc de l'Ouest is set to cover 3,000 hectares, making it the largest municipal park in Canada. It will include "organic vegetable farms, walking and cycling trails, and a river shuttle linking Île-Bizard to Pierrefonds-Ouest."

The biggest hurdle seems to be a potential legal dispute that's brewing between the developers and the city of Montreal. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is desperately trying to gain ground in the polls. 

It's certainly going to be an interesting couple of months for Prime Minister Trudeau. 


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