SURVIVAL OF LONGUE-POINTE CURLING CLUB: MARJOLAINE BOUTIN-SWEET CALLS ON MINISTER SAJJAN TO INTERVENE

MONTRÉAL — Members of the Longue-Pointe Curling Club survival committee and NDP MP Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) called on National Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan today to intervene to save the club.

“We’ve shown good faith since the announcement of the club’s closure by the Canadian Armed Forces last January,” said Boutin-Sweet. “We presented a recovery plan to encourage more Canadian Forces members and veterans to respect the membership rules. But we didn’t have enough time to implement it.”

In recent months, members of the survival committee and Boutin-Sweet have worked tirelessly to present a feasible recovery plan to Colonel Sébastien Bouchard – Commander-in-Chief of the 2nd Canadian Division Support Group. Unfortunately, the director of the military base is refusing to give us the necessary time to execute our plan and is maintaining the decision to close the Longue-Pointe Curling Club May 1st.

“We are calling on Minister Sajjan to give us the necessary delay to save this club and comply with Canadian Armed Forces rules,” added Jocelyn Sauvageau, Club member. “This East Montreal military institution, which has been a bridge between civilians and Canadian Forces members for 50 years, deserves another chance.”

The Longue-Pointe Curling Club recently celebrated 50 years and is the only francophone curling club on Montreal Island. With strong roots in the Canadian Armed Forces and the community, it earned a reputation for excellence throughout Quebec.

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