By Wendy Elliott
The Société Promotion Grand-Pré is taking part in the public consultation around a proposed fee adjustment for national parks and historic sites for the 2013 season.
Victor Tétrault, who directs the society, said that Parks Canada’s call for feedback is posted on the front door at the historic site in Grand Pré.
The aim of the Société Promotion Grand-Pré is to promote Grand-Pré as the place of the deportation of the Acadians, at a national and international level.
Parks Canada, which co-manages Grand Pré with the society, launched public consultations last month on proposed fee adjustments. The five-year fee freeze currently in place is expected to end.
Parks Canada is proposing that future fee adjustments be in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in order to respond to annual inflationary operational costs. Most fees will be limited to an adjustment not exceeding the two-year cumulative percentage of the average CPI. This would occur in two-year intervals thereafter, beginning in 2013.
Parks Canada is holding public consultations until Feb. 18 to get views from Canadians. The agency has already been struggling with a $29-million budget cut and the loss of at least 638 jobs.