Exibits

Gascons, QC – April 27/2001 – Like every spring, workers in the snow crab industry unload thousands of tons of precious shellfish on wharves, which brings in big, very big money. Each year, the fishermen and Quebec transformation workers export more than 90 million dollars worth of snow crab. Most of the province’s crab fishermen are located on the Gaspé peninsula. Still today, the great majority of Quebec crab is exported to foreign markets. The Japanese and Americans are very fond of this resource. 

Miguasha, QC – June 1/1998 – Gilles Labillois is getting ready to throw a buoy linked to one of his 250 lobster cages. This gaspesian fisherman is battling with a decrease of resources in the Baie-des-Chaleurs area. Above that, he does not agree with the native bands that started fall fishing in his sector. In despair, at the end of the 2000 season, he decided to give up fishing and sold his permit and boat to a Micmac band from Listuguj. Since then, he has become a fishery advisor and works for the Micmacs.




Amqui, QC – April 20/2000 – Gaston Langlais, spokesperson and founding member of the movement “Action des Patriotes gaspésiens”. This regrouping of over 15 000 members, was born from an initiative of many gaspesians to expose government politics judged unfair to gaspesian residents. Very active since its foundation the “Action des Patriotes gaspésiens” is requesting mending on various government levels for the injustices committed. Gaston Langlais and two other patriot members went to Geneva on September 12th 2001 to deposit a complaint against the Canadian government. The movement accuses the federal government of economic genocide towards gaspesians.




Maria, QC – April 26/2001 – Surgeon Maurice Prévost, oversees a surgery in the operating wing of the Maria Baie-des-Chaleurs hospital. This picture was featured in a report regarding the health care system in secluded areas. Note that the Gaspé peninsula is one of the areas in Quebec where the lack of specialists is a major problem. The financial advantages and certain coercive measures aren’t always enough to attract doctors in the regions, especially on the Gaspé.




Port-Daniel, QC – September 8/1992 – Claude Mercure researcher and owner of Biolyse, a pharmaceutical company located in Port-Daniel in the 90’s. Dozens of people from the region gathered Canadian yew, a plant from which Biolyse extracts paclitaxel. However, even if he found an extracting process for the paclitaxel, a product that effectively fights many types of cancer, the owner moved his research centre to Saint-Catharines Ontario. The reason was that Claude Mercure didn’t have the financial support necessary from Quebec and regional authorities to commercialize paclitaxel on a larger scale. Yet, the federal government approves of his product.




Matapedia, QC – May 17/2000 – Proud and certain of himself in his river canoe, harpoon at hand, Richard Adams is a living legend of Atlantic salmon fishing in Quebec. A river guide for more than 77 years, he in no more no less the world’s reference for salmon fishing. Richard Adams has guided some of the world’s greatest down the rivers of the Matapedia Valley, such as former President Jimmy Carter. River guide in the summer and fishing camp guard in the winter, Adams has devoted his life to the Atlantic salmon.




The Gaspé, QC – June 8/1998 – Two forestry workers in the silviculture field are taking a well-deserved break. They are among the hundreds who reforest in the Gaspé, planting close to 1000 trees per day in very difficult conditions. Unfortunately, reforestation programs have become fewer. Some specialists claim that natural regeneration of cut forests is more effective than reforestation.

In October of 2000, the Quebec government announced cuts of 30% in provision volume of resinous woods of gaspesian saw mills. This drastic measure was to fight a potential stock rupture in public forestry. Surprisingly, the Quebec forestry minister, Jacques Brassard, declared that: “If we cut 30% of forest provisions, it’s because Quebec forests were and still are well managed.” Such a drastic measure has had dramatic repercussions in the Gaspé and the Matapedia Valley, for more than 1000 people in the sawing and wood cutting industry has lost their jobs.




Chandler, QC – May 12/2000 – The Finance Minister and Vice-Prime Minister at the time, Bernard Landry and Martin Cauchon, then federal Minister responsible for Canadian economic development are noticeably not all smiles. They came to announce a 2 million dollar grant for the railway on the Gaspé. But from the beginning of the press conference, both politicians were pushy to answer a question from one journalist “the fact that their respective presence constitutes a concretization of a federal provincial partnership”. The story tells that since this altercation and mutual attacks, both politicians have never spoken to each other since.


Chandler, QC – May 12/2000 – Bernard Landry announces the implementation of a telephone call centre. The Grand Chief of the Mohawk Counsel of Kahnawake Jos Norton and representatives accompanies him from the firm Tinett Rainbeau. The company must offer telemarketing services, electronic commerce and also give permanent jobs to 378 people. The total investment cost is close to 5 million dollars over a two-year period assumed by Investissement Québec and Emploi Québec. Unfortunately, two years after the announcement the call centre still hasn’t seen the light of day, as well as the jobs. A story that the Quebec government would much rather forget.

Carleton, QC – June 10/2000 – Jean Charest, featured during a partisan visit to the Gaspé. He has come to support the county of Bonaventure’s deputy Nathalie Normandeau. Being questioned about the fishing industry, the leader of the opposition party and the leader of the liberal party of Quebec referred to the knowledge of his deputy. 

Newport, QC – June 16/1997 – It’s euphoria in Newport, because after its closing more than three years ago, the seafood transformation plant is finally reopened. The plant was closed than later went bankrupted after the taxation by the federal government a moratorium was imposed on the Saint-Laurence river cod, for lack of stocks. The American firm Newport Sea Products take over the destiny of the Quebec transformation plant of deep-sea fish. The company is rented in exchange for job creation.

The plant was built in 1984, a total of more than 16.4 million dollars in investments from the Quebec and federal governments. On the picture you can see Marcel Landry (Deputy of the county of Bonaventure and member of the Parti Québecois), Armand St-Gelais (plant manager), Archibald Cox (owner and investor) also the Fisheries Minister at the time Guy Julien. Unfortunately the transformation only went on for six weeks. The plant closed once again. Two hundred people lost their jobs. 

Newport, QC – July 4/2001 – The plant in Newport has once again a new promoter. It’s a Quebec blueberry transformation firm called “Les Bleuetières Senco”. Starting with Gaspé deputy Guy Lelièvre, triumphant, the promoter and new owner Jean-Eudes Senneville and the Quebec Fisheries Minister Maxime Arseneau. The plant has been closed since 1997 after a resounding failure. The governments of Quebec and Ottawa have invested more than 16.4 million dollars since its creation in 1984. The plant was given up for 200 000$. Around thirty people are employed there. At the end of the 80’s in its better years, the plant employed 500 people for cod transformation.

Carleton, QC – August 7/1998 – Carleton’s Maximum Blues festival greets more than 25 000 blues lovers every edition that come from all over. The famous Eddie Burks, an excellent harmonica player, gave an unforgettable performance that night. 

Carleton, QC – August 8/1999 – Jeff Healy, a rock and blues star, is one of the well known figures that have played under the big top at Carleton’s Maximum Blues. Blues fans will remember the generous show given by the blind artist, master of the guitar. 

Petite-Vallée, QC – July 2/2000 – Petite-Vallée’s “Festival en chanson” closes its activities with a show. During a medley, all the artists who participated in the festival sang together on stage. Rich sounds and lyrics full of hope were delivered to youth that might breakout on the music scene one day. Petite-Vallée’s “Festival en chanson” seen the light of day in 1982. Today it has national recognition and receives noble letters. This music party favors the coming out of new Quebec singing talents. 

Cap-des-Rosiers, QC – May 20/1998 – Michel St-Croix a sculptor from Cap-des-Rosiers. Often inspired by nature, he possesses attention to detail and remarkable meticulousness. The Gaspé is a nursery for artists. The region has influenced more than one over the centuries. Many artists have come to the peninsula to work and some can live through their art. 

Carleton, QC – June 29/2001 – Since 1982, “Productions À tour de role” has been presenting professional theater in Carleton . The theater company’s mission is to promote young writers creations from Quebec and to produce their plays. On the picture is a scene from “Le Fils de l’Autre” from the young gaspesian writer Marc-Antoine Cyr. 

Listuguj, QC – August 17/1998 – The native crisis attracts Quebec’s entire media circus. In the middle of summer when news stories are rare, television networks covered the conflict between the Micmacs of Listuguj reserve and the government of Quebec. A godsend for journalists who covered the event for more than four weeks. The Micmacs blocked the national route 132. They are pressuring the Quebec government to obtain forest-cutting rights. This crisis shows once again, cultural and social difference which separate the Quebec nation and the modern native nation. It unfortunately widened the gap between nearby white communities and that of Listuguj.

In the evening of August 17th, the government and the Micmacs reached an agreement and the barricade was demolished. 

Listuguj, QC – August 10/1998 – During the native crisis tensions are palpable along the barricades. The Micmacs, well equipped, watched closely the work done by the Sûreté du Québec agents and the media that came to cover the conflict. The Micmacs blocked route 132 at the entry and exit point of the Listuguj reserve. Many motorists during the peak of tourism season were forced to take a short detour through New Brunswick in order to continue their trip to the Gaspé. Luckily during the conflict no acts of violence were committed on either side of the barricades.  

Carleton, QC – August 13/1998 – Obviously irritated, the Quebec Native Affaires Minister Guy Chevrette, answers journalists questions during a press conference at the time of the Listuguj crisis. A few minutes before this meeting he learned that the Micmac representatives that he had just negotiated with were absent. The latter were in Quebec City where they intended to meet with him. It goes to show that even in modern times, politicians who are grand communicators sometimes experience technical difficulties. 

Matapedia, QC – January 23/2002 – More than 300 protesters gathered in Matapedia on this cold January day, to protest against the closing of the Provigo distribution Centre. The closing of the business translated into the loss of 50 jobs. More bad news for the region, since the town of Matapedia only has around 800 residents. The town’s high school students also support their elders in the streets. Youth exodus is a growing problem in the region. 

Chandler, QC – April 20/2000 – Workers from the Gaspesia mill and the Chandler population have had enough of the Quebec governments’ inactivity. Since October 28th 1999, Gaspesia mill property of the paper-maker Abitibi-Consolidated, put a definitive end to its newspaper transformation activities. It was more than 500 people this time that lost their jobs. A catastrophe for the Chandler region and for the rest of the Gaspé. Such a hard hit that we don’t know when the Gaspé will get back up. The general fed up attitude translated into a demonstration, which continued on for some thirty hours. Once again traffic was slowed down on route 132. After serious warnings by the Sûreté du Québec, protesters returned home. 

Gascons, QC – May 11/1999 – On this beautiful spring day, close to 200 people protest against working conditions of crab transformation plant employees. They considerably slowed down traffic on route 132. Not a very original means but very effective to get people talking about them. The protesters revolt again transformation plant owners. The latter don’t want to invest in a security fund intended to aid workers. The crab transformation season doesn’t always last long enough for the workers to qualify for employment insurance. 

Gaspé, QC – August 24/1998 – Fifty or so inshore fishing boats stayed docked right in the heart of Gaspé Bay. The fishermen wish to obtain from Ottawa supplementary quotas for deep-sea fish. Take note that the federal government is responsible for this halieutical resource. The fishing quotas were considerably reduced since the moratorium in 1993, a lack in cod stocks. 

Gascons, QC – July 24/1998 – After a landslide, the dangerous state of the railway is noticeable East of the town of Gascons. Luckily, maintenance service workers from the company “Chemin de fer Baie-des-Chaleurs” noticed the danger. If a train had have been on that rail, the catastrophe would not have been avoidable. At that area, the train track overhangs a cliff more than one hundred meters above the sea. 

Carleton, QC – August 1/1997 – A young man passed away while trying to climb aboard a running train between Carleton and St-Omer. The conductor of another train (the one seen on the picture) saw the victim’s body just in time and was able to immobilize his locomotive. Rescuers arrived on the spot only to find out he had already passed. 

Caplan, QC – April 28/1998 – Gérard Donaldson is holding in his hands a container, through which you can see human bones. Youth under the influence of drugs crushed tombs in the village cemetery. The situation surprised and shocked many people from the region. Mister Donaldson publicly denounced drug problems with the Baie-des-Chaleurs youth and tries to bring help to them. 

St-Simeon, QC – August 21/1998 – The coffin of priest Laurent Leblanc at the exit of the St-Simeon church. His disappearance kept a whole population breathless during the summer of 98. The churchman was missing for more than four weeks. After the confessions of his assassin, police retrieved the body of priest Leblanc. His murderer admitted to killing the priest under circumstances related to a sexual story. 

New Carlisle, QC – August 17/1998 – The charged Sydney McAlpine is brought before the tribunal for his appearance in court. He is accused of homicide of the priest Laurent Leblanc of Bonaventure. During the trail, it was learned that the young McAlpine hit the priest in the head with a rock. It was also revealed that the priest had made sexual advances on the accused. The trial allowed us a look into the double life of the clergyman. A story that had a bomb effect on the whole region. McAlpine received an 11-year sentence, which he is serving in a federal prison. 

Cap-Chat, QC – August 23/2000 – The Gaspé is recognized for its wild beauty and grandeur. But it is also one of the places in North America where the wind quality is exceptional. It is what explains the lunching of the “Nordais” project on the North shore of the peninsula. The company invested 160 million dollars in the construction and installation of 133 horizontal windmills. Along the shore, the windmills of Cap-Chat and St-Ulric offers the passer-by an extraordinary décor where technology has become one with agriculture.

Since 1996, the windmill industry is the fastest growing energy sector. To encourage this non-polluting energy method, the federal government foresees buying 20% of electricity produced by renewable sources of energy by 2005.
A very high hope for our region which possesses great windmill potential.