Letting the hero’s house fall down

- September 17th, 2012

Rene Levesque's house

I have a lot of respect for Rene Levesque – the first PQ premier of Quebec. He was intellectually honest, and he respected democracy. Certainly if you compare him with today’s crop of separatists, he’s a giant. But this isn’t about me. It’s about the millions of Quebecers who consider him a political hero. Why are they allowing this to happen?

De nombreux visiteurs se rendent tous les jours à la maison natale de l’ancien premier ministre René Lévesque, située à New Carlisle. Mais selon plusieurs, ce lieu reconnu monument historique national est en piteux état.

My translation: Numerous people visit Rene Levesque’s childhood house in New Carlisle every day. According to many, the house is in a pitiful state despite being an official heritage site.

The current owner believes it would cost about $250,000 to bring the house up to proper standards. The building was designated a heritage site in 1995.

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