Mr. William G. Lesick (Edmonton East):
Mr. Speaker, tomorrow, September 22, 1988, will be a day of significance in Edmonton. At noon we will witness the official opening of Canada Place in Edmonton. The building is a blend of award winning architectural design, leadership by Trizec Corporation, construction by Ellis-Don, and dedication and work by 1,500 Edmontonians.
This structure will house 29 federal government Departments, the most important being the head office of the Western Diversification Office, as well as 3,200 employees. Canada Place also has shops, a conference room, a National Film Board theatre, fountains, restaurants, and day care facilities. The downtown core will be revitalized with the addition of 1,000 parking stalls which are desperately needed by the Convention Centre.
This building represents a new start; a new era of reliance on the private sector to do what it does best; a new era of cooperation between government and industry; a new method of building financing at a time when government dollars were tight and construction jobs were desperately needed. The presence of the federal Government in Edmonton will now be fully recognized with the magnificent $150 million Canada Place. It is a beautiful building for a beautiful city which I am proud to represent.
Topic: STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic: PUBLIC WORKS