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Posted by:May 1st 2008, 09:49:32 pm
BrilandkidNotre Gouvernement souffrait toujours d'un virus appelé évincent avarice, à aucun temps font je crois qu'ils auraient vendu ou vendrontEleuthera pour un Dollar canadien. En arrière en 1985 a valu approx. .70 d'un dollar américain. S'il y avait une sorte d'une affaire je peux vous assurer il était une sorte d'une affaire de surgeons et ils (Québec) auraient été le joueur comme un paino. Je ne sais pas si le parent de l'opérateur a été à Eleuthera. Le sens commun leur aurait dit que leur parent était induit en erreur sur une chimère et laisserait ces documents est resté dans les archives et a épargné cette affaire faisant le parent l' embarras. Je dis l'Impossible de $1.00 que notre gouvernement était et est composé des sangsues intéressés surtout cupides.$1.00 hein ? ? ? LOL
Posted by:May 1st 2008, 09:26:42 pm
BrilandkidOur Government has always suffered from a virus called greed-oust, at no time do I believe that they would have sold or will sell Eleuthera for a Canadian Dollar. Back in 1985 was worth approx. .70 of a US dollar. A Canadian dollar was not even a real dollar. If there was some sort of a deal I can assure you it was some sort of a suckers deal and they (Quebec) would have been player like a paino. I do not know if the relitive of the dealmaker has ever been to Eleuthera. Common sense would have told them that their relitive was being misled on a pipe dream and would let those documents stayed in the archive and spared that deal making relative the embarrassment. I say $1.00 Impossible our government were and is composed of mostly greedy selfish thirsty bloodsuckers. $1.00 huh??? LOL
Posted by:Apr 27th 2008, 05:25:52 pm
Fig Tree News TeamAt

Cabinet clouded up Léger's island-in-the-sun idea
Lévesque's tourism chief tried to cut a deal with the Bahamas for a lease on Eleuthera
The Gazette

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The last minister of tourism under the late premier René Lévesque cut a deal with the government of the Bahamas in 1985 giving Quebec a 99-year lease on a tropical island - but the cabinet nixed the deal, the minister's son revealed yesterday.

"What people don't know is that my father had discreetly negotiated with the prime minister of Bahamas, for the price of $1, a 99-year lease on the sole condition of hiring local labour," said Jean-Marc Léger, president of Léger Marketing.

The island, said Léger, was Eleuthera, 80 kilometres east of Nassau. Measuring 180 kilometres long and as narrow as one kilometre wide in some places, it has a population of 8,000.

Léger made the revelation yesterday in his weekly column in the Journal de Montréal. The news was buried toward the end of the column, which was generally on the subject of how much Quebecers hate winter. The column featured new polling data showing one in six Quebecers took a vacation in a sun destination this winter.

Léger, son of Marcel Léger, who served as tourism minister in 1984-85 and died in 1993, said in a phone interview yesterday that the cabinet quashed the Bahamian deal because of worries over the deteriorating state of a Quebec economy in recession.

The government had slashed the wages of civil servants by 20 per cent, while carefully orchestrated government leaks about the island-in-the-sun plan had been widely panned in the media.

Michael Smith, Bahamian High Commissioner to Canada, said yesterday the negotiations were "probably for a portion of the island, not the whole island." He said he doubted the negotiations took place on a government-to-government basis, since normal procedure in the Bahamas is for the government to receive leasing proposals from individual investors. In fact, Léger concedes his father acted on his own, and then brought a deal back to the cabinet to consider.

"We do leases all the time - 20-year leases, 50-year leases, 99-year leases," Smith said. "It's all something that is worked out between lawyers and development agencies." Marcel Léger wasn't the only Canadian politician thinking of warmth in winter.

Throughout the Mulroney years, Ottawa had talks with the Turks and Caicos government about some kind of associate status between Canada and that Caribbean country.

But nothing resulted, partly because of strong opposition lobbying from countries like Jamaica and Barbados, whose economies depend on Canadian winter tourism.

"One of the other motivating factors for the deal with the Bahamas was shoring up Quebecair, by giving it a lock on a new client base," Léger said.

The Quebec flagship carrier lost $80 million between 1981 and 1986, when it was sold by its largest shareholder, the Quebec government, to the private sector and eventually folded into the now-defunct CP Air.


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Eleuthera was in terrible economic shape when the former Quebec tourism minister, Marcel Léger, took it upon himself in 1985 to negotiate a 99-year lease on the Bahamian island on behalf of Quebec.

Following changes in foreign-ownership rules that came into effect after Bahamian independence in 1973, many large resorts on the island east of Nassau were abandoned by their foreign investors. Others were sold at deep discount prices to local buyers.

In the past few years there has been a resurgence in private investment on the island. By contrast, Harbour Island, just off the coast of Eleuthera, has become a haven for the rich and famous.
© The Gazette (Montreal) 2008
Posted by:Apr 27th 2008, 05:17:36 pm
KimberlyHad an interesting discussion on this going at the Eleuthera board:
Posted by:Apr 26th 2008, 07:37:30 am
ZionfishCan anyone verify this?? Remarkable if true!

From the Online Edition of the Orangeville Citizen, Apr 23 2008:

Tropical Canada?
Basic Black
Arthur Black
Here's a want ad you don't often come across: FOR SALE: One tropical island in the Bahamas, 184 kilometres long by two kilometres wide, situated 80 kilometres east of Nassau. Terms: 99-year lease. Price: One dollar.

This is not a late April Fool's joke. The island of Eleuthera was actually available to a select Canadian buyer for the above-mentioned terms back in 1985. The prospective purchaser? Quebec. The province's then-Minister of Tourism under Rene Levesque had painstakingly hammered out a tentative deal with the prime minister of the Bahamas. Quebec would assume ownership of Eleuthera for the princely outlay of one loonie - and a promise to 'hire local labour' where possible. Catches, tricks or loopholes? None.

Naturellement, the Quebec cabinet turned the deal down.

Well, that's Quebec for ya, is it not? Perverse. Masochistic. Ever on the lookout for a new and different way to shaft itself with the short end of the hockey stick. Man, you give the rest of Canada an opportunity to bag a brand new, tropical paradise and we'd be all over it like sun tan oil on a bald guy's head, right?

Wrong. Ottawa had its chance to adopt a tropical paradise. Not just one island either - two whole chains of them. Back in 1987, a delegation of politicians from the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean actually visited Ottawa, hats in hand, openly seeking a shotgun marriage.

They wanted us to take them in, people! They begged to become part of Canada. They would bring to us thirty surf-massaged islands festooned with bedazzling sand beaches, seductively undulating palm trees and a few thousand hard-working, friendly, Christian, English-speaking natives. We would offer political stability, hemispheric solidarity with another British Commonwealth entity, the protection of our armed forces (we could commandeer two submarines from the West Edmonton mall, if necessary)....

Oh yeah - and every year around the beginning of November, an invasion of approximately thirty million sun-starved, fishbelly-white fellow-citizen tourists.

A no-brainer, right? Thirty tropical islands? Our nation's very own West Indian resort destination? William Seward paid $7,000,000 to buy Alaska from Russia back in 1867. That worked out pretty well. We were being offered a tropical archipelago with inhouse lobster - no icebergs, glaciers or black flies - for free!

And our learned leaders passed. Incredibly, this was not the first time. Away back in 1917, Prime Minister Robert Borden proposed we annex the Turks and Caicos outright. His own government nixed the idea. In 1974, a brilliant, forward thinking Ontario

NDP Member of Parliament by the name of Max Saltsman introduced a bill proposing consolidation of the islands under the Canadian flag. His colleagues yawned and slumbered on. Even as late as 2004, MP Peter Goldring, representing the federal Tories, hopped a jet to the islands to explore the idea first hand. He went, he saw, he presented his findings to a government committee. And then, nothing. Once again, a golden opportunity sank like a harpooned beluga.

The nabobs of negativism who scuttle the idea every time it bobs up have all kinds of nervous Nellie, quintessentially Canadian reasons. We'd have to amend the Canadian constitution they say. It might offend other provinces and make them jealous, they claim. Besides, it's economically risky.

I say: Are You Nuts? So what if we have to amend the constitution? We did it for Newfoundland in '49; we do it for Quebec about every six months.

Other provincial noses will be out of joint? Here's a thought: Get Over It. Economically risky? Canadians leave behind billions of loonies each winter in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Hawaii and the so-called Sunshine States. How bad could it be if we spent all that money in a place that collects and pays Canadian taxes?

Stephen, Stephane, Jack - could you just for once pull together on this one thing? For the greater Canadian good?

Gilles Duceppe? You could come on board too. We've already seen you in a hairnet. You'd be a knockout in a grass skirt.

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