It’s snow grooming machine week, apparently

by Aaron Wherry

The week so far in federal funding for snow grooming machines.

TuesdayActing on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, today announced the awarding of $90,000 in non-repayable funding to Club motoneige Alton Inc. for the acquisition of a new snow grooming machine.

TuesdayActing on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, today announced the awarding of $108,885 in non-repayable funding to Moto-Club Bois-Francs Inc. for the acquisition of a new snow grooming machine.

WednesdayActing on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced that two Chaudière-Appalaches snowmobiling clubs, Club de motoneige Bellechasse and Motoneige des Etchemins, have been granted financial assistance to improve the quality of the trails under their responsibility.

Three weeks ago, a half dozen clubs in Quebec received a combined total of $481,911 for new snow grooming machines.

A search of Marketwire’s archive, turns up eight snow grooming machine announcements in 2011 and 13 announcements in 2010.




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It’s snow grooming machine week, apparently

  1. “non-repayable funding”
    ?
    Is that like lending money to your sketchy brother-in-law? Is it said with a Hollywood Italian accent in a dark room with red velvet wallpaper and a lot of big guys in suits?

  2. We need a national discussion on how bureaucrats are spending $$$ – why is there enough money for snow grooming machines at the same time government is saying there is no money left for homeless shelters and other welfare services and that private industry must get more involved?

    • And why is the discussion to be about the bureaucrats instead of their masters?

      We have this really palatial place called the House of Commons, where national discussions used to take place. Ah, the good old days.

  3. Why do snow grooming machines cost $20,000 more in victoriaville than they do in saint alban?

  4. There’s a certain beauty in a snow job.

  5. Meanwhile, several national parks have announced that, because of funding cuts, they will no longer be grooming popular X-country skiing trails.

  6. It might be an interesting follow up to see how many of these donations actually go toward snow-grooming machines, and what kind of political donations the employees of the company that supplies all these machines give.

  7. And yet destitute veterans can’t get money for their funerals…

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