Opposition to the Quebec farmers market move heating up

Opposition to the Quebec farmers market move heating up

Main Pic: Marché du Vieux Port de Québec (entrée principale). Photo credit: Pascal Germain

Quebec City (Quebec) 24 April 2015 – The opposition party at city hall headed up by Paul Shoiry, is questioning the move of the marketplace to the exhibition grounds announced by the city this week.

They want to know the reasoning behind it, they want to know why the $5.5 million that was promised to the present market is going elsewhere and they want to know what the people of Old Quebec are supposed to do for a market.

The Citizen’s committee of Old Quebec (CCVQ) also wants some explanations as to why exactly moving the market is a good initiative.

In the meantime the city has decided to keep the market open on its present site for another two years making the transition a slow one adding that the exhibition grounds (Expocité) will not be able to support the new market until 2017.

The city also suggests that perhaps a new smaller market could install itself for the summer months around the Hotel-Dieu hospital. There is also an existing summer market in Limoilou which is being negotiated with the city; so maybe instead of having one central market we will actually end up having three.

This is a saga which is far from over.

More on this as it develops.

Gone shoppin’.

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  1. Life in Quebec
    Life in Quebec 25 April, 2015, 14:22

    We have had an email in from reader Daniel Gross (contact details supplied)

    Subject: Farmers market

    Your story on the market is a bit off. The city plans to buy land soon to be released for sale by the hotel died, then the city wants to build a 4 story structure that will house a grocery store of some sort and low cost housing on the remaining floors.

    Julie Lemieux opened the door to a seasonal market on the existing site of the market.

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