Montague levee generates optimism

Steve Sharratt
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Fire Chief Harry Annear, back right, shares some New Year’s greetings at the town hall levee in Montague Wednesday afternoon. With him are town residents from left, Ken and Pauline Campbell and Rhonda MacLeod.

MONTAGUE - Debbie Johnston doesn't have anything solid to go on, but senses 2014 will be a great year for eastern P.E.I.'s largest town.

"I can't put my finger on it, but I just feel a number of things are all going to come together for us," said the town councillor during the New Year's Day levee Wednesday.

The levee has grown so popular over the last few years that the current space in the town hall is almost inadequate.

"It's a bit of a crush for sure,'' said Montague Mayor Richard Collins.

"But it's a great opportunity to meet and greet everyone from the town and across the Island."

Innovation Minister Allen Roche didn't want to tip his hand, but confirmed to The Guardian that plans for a new venture to establish in the town's former federal building are on track. He hoped to make an announcement before Christmas.

"When you are working with the federal government and transferring a building, it takes some time," he said at the levee. "But believe, the impact of the announcement and development of a new business coming to Montague will be great for this town."

The town has faced a bevy of employment loss this past year mainly federal jobs and when the Addictions Research building was confirmed for decommissioning this spring, the province stepped in to acquire the building.

Roche said a new tenant will set up "soon" in the facility located on the town waterfront.

Organizations: Addictions Research

Geographic location: Eastern P.E.I., Iceland

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