The organizers of the SuperFrancoFête regret that the Canadian government is still financially absent from the event, which promotes the French language and will be broadcast worldwide.
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Sylvain Parent-Bédard, President of SISMYK, the music department of ComediHa! Organizing the event took drastic action this Saturday, sending a letter to the Minister in charge of Canada’s Economic Development Agency for Quebec Regions, Pascale St-Onge, to denounce the situation.
“We believe it is important to regularly highlight Francophonie, especially at times when the French language needs greater influence,” read the letter, which was also sent to four ministers from Canada’s Liberal Party.
Out of a total budget of $3 million, a grant of $500,000 was requested from the federal government. “In our financial package, the only public actor that is not present is the Canadian government,” regrets Mr. Parent-Bédard.
Organizers met with about twenty Canadian Heritage stakeholders and the event was ineligible for all of these programs. Sylvain Parent-Bédard also met personally with Minister Pablo Rodriguez, who was looking for an alternative, but with the same negative result.
“Canada’s economic development is our last hope,” said the President of SISMYK.
While statistics released this week show a clear decline in French, Bloc Québécois MP for Beauport-Limoilou Julie Vignola dares to hope that the measures taken by the organizers will move the file forward.
“I don’t understand why a government that claims to be ready to ensure the vitality of the French language is closing its doors to a project like the SuperFrancoFête. »
Especially since no representative of the federal government was present at the press conference at the start of the event on August 10th.
Sylvain Parent-Bédard points out that the SuperFrancoFête planned for August 31 at the Agora de Québec will actually take place with or without federal funding.
The event, intended as a tribute to the great celebration that took place in Quebec City in 1974, is experiencing hype as 50,000 ticket requests were made for the 5,000 seats available.
Featuring around thirty artists including Zachary Richard, Patrick Bruel, Louis-Jean Cormier and Robert Charlebois, the show is shown in more than 200 countries and is subtitled in 15 languages.