Matthew Hayes, mayoral candidate for Fredericton, spoke in front of Marysville Place today as part of his platform point launch on Arts and Culture. Preserving Fredericton’s heritage is among his top priorities, he says.
“Fredericton is defined by its wonderfully
rich culture and heritage,” Hayes says. “I feel strongly about preserving it,
both for the benefit of those who live here and the tourists we can attract to
He pointed out Marysville Place as a great
example of preserving Fredericton’s heritage.
“This used to be a cotton mill, and was slated
for demolition. It stands as a testament to our shared past, and is now the
centre point of the Marysville community. Could we imagine Marysville
without Marysville Place?”
He also discussed the potential for an Arts
Advisory Committee that could advise City Council on arts and culture in the
capital city. “There is a great deal of expertise in the local arts
community that City Council should engage and tap into. It will expand
our horizons,” says Hayes.
Currently, the City of Fredericton Municipal
Plan has a Culture and Heritage section that calls for the creation of such an
advisory committee. That said, the committee is inactive, having met only once.
“This limits our potential to make new developments reflect the cultural
and artistic heritage of our city,” he says.
In addition, the growth of the francophone and
francophile communities in Fredericton provides an opportunity for the city to
project a truly bilingual arts and culture scene. “The Centre
communautaire Sainte-Anne has an important cultural agenda that serves our city
well, and provides cultural opportunities unique to our region.”