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City Council seeking residents’ feedback on new park name


September 9, 2015

MONCTON – At the September 8th regular public meeting, City Council received the proposal “to name the greenspace adjacent to City Hall (at the corner of Main and Botsford), Parc Gérald-Leblanc Park, as a fitting tribute to the famed Acadian poet Gérald Leblanc for having inspired a cultural scene in Moncton and for having placed Moncton on the world’s literary map.”

Council also voted unanimously in favour of gathering public feedback on this proposal. As such, members of the public can:
Send an email to info@moncton.ca
Comment on the City’s Facebook page 
Call 853-3593
Mail feedback to: 655 Main Street, 3rd floor, Moncton  NB, E1C 1E8
Attend the regular public session on Monday, September 21, at 5 pm (If you wish to address Council, please preregister with the City Clerk’s Office at 853-3550 or info.clerk@moncton.ca.) 

The deadline to submit comments is September 17, in order to report back to Council at the September 21 public session.

About Gérald Leblanc

Gérald Leblanc was born in Bouctouche, but spent most of his adult life in Moncton, until his passing in 2005. He published 13 books of poetry and one novel, and contributed to collaborative works, journals and anthologies. He also wrote many songs for the band 1755, including “Rue Dufferin”.

Gérald Leblanc, through his work, was the main driving force behind Moncton becoming the literary capital of Acadia. He gave the city an unparalleled and still-growing influence. He transformed Moncton’s image by casting it as an artistic place in the eyes of many artists and the general public. At literary festivals, he was always an ambassador for his city, and Québec poets who knew him wrote poems and even entire books dedicated to Moncton (Jean-Paul Daoust, Carnets de Moncton, 2009). Gérald Leblanc put Moncton on the map for Francophones in the same way that Antonine Maillet did for Acadia. 

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Media Contact:

Nicole O. Melanson
Communications, City of Moncton
506-383-6214 / Nicole.melanson@moncton.ca