Funding for the SuperFrancoFête: Canada Economic Development defends itself
Targeted in a letter denouncing the refusal to fund the SuperFrancoFête, Canada Economic Development (CED) defends itself and explains that the event does not in any way correspond to the criteria for obtaining financial assistance.
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Members of the office of the CED Minister for Quebec Regions, Pascale St-Onge, confirm having received the file in April. They also confirm that the negative response was sent in May to event organizer Sylvain Parent-Bédard.
The organization, which promotes economic development, only subsidizes major festivals. Nothing is planned for the organization of a show on a single day.
For example, they indicate that a festival like the Carnaval de Québec, presented over several days, is exactly in line with CED’s mission since this event helps to increase tourist traffic in hotels, restaurants and other businesses. from downtown Quebec.
Still according to the minister’s office, all these explanations were sent to the organizer and cordially accepted by the president of SISMYK, a subsidiary of ComédieHa! which receives funding from CED. It is indicated that every effort has been made by the actors of the Canadian government to find possible solutions. In the end, it turns out that the SuperFrancoFête which will be presented on August 31, sold out, at the Agora de Québec is not eligible for any federal program.
Canada Economic Development recalls that the Carnaval de Québec for $3 million, the Festival d’été de Québec for $1.26 million and the ComédiHa! Fest-Québec for $10.3 million are among the festivals in the Québec region that receive recurring contributions.