CMA 2019: Abbeville Delegation to Meet with Sister City

by Bruce DuBois

During the CMA 2019, Councilman Brady Broussard, Jr. will lead a small delegation from Abbeville to visit its Sister City. On August 21, the delegation will meet with Mayor Dennis Losier of Tracadie-Sheila in New Brunswick. The two officials will be renewing the Sister City agreement along with their commitment to continuing exchanges. “I’m bringing a proclamation from the City of Abbeville to renew our alliance,” says Councilman Broussard. “Tracadie is a municipality with a population of about 15,000 located in the northeastern region of New Brunswick. Just as we are but a few miles from Vermilion Bay near the Gulf of Mexico, they are but a few miles from Chaleur Bay near the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We have similar concerns,” says Broussard. “What is of particular interest to Abbeville is their population growth. We want to know the reasons for our Sister City’s growth and how they are making it happen.” The Sister Cities or Twin Cities program was started by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1950’s to promote peace and understanding to encourage trade and tourism. “During the CMA 2019, we will be attending the Economic Forum in Dieppe where we will discuss the best practices for successful cultural tourism. We often have visitors from Canada looking to connect with their Cajun cousins and we want to reassure them that we are ready to welcome them here. We also plan to join Ali Miller at the Louisiana Pavillon in Moncton where she will promote Vermilion Parish tourism,” adds Broussard. Several other Acadiana communities will also send representatives to the CMA 2019 to meet with their Sister Cities in New Brunswick. Breaux Bridge is twinned with Shediac, Broussard with Cap-Pelé, Carencro with Dieppe, Erath with Bertrand, Eunice with Caraquet, Lafayette with Moncton, Scott with Memramcook, St. Martinville with Bouctouche, and Thibodaux with Shippagan. The Broussard Chamber of Commerce has organized a bus to facilitate this. “Abbeville was invited by Mayor Ray Bourque and the Chamber of Commerce of Broussard to join their bus of Acadiana ambassadors,” says Councilman Brady Broussard, Jr. “We appreciate that.” Broussard Mayor Ray Bourque is eager for the exchange. “This trip is an opportunity to bring Broussard closer to our Sister City, Cap-Pelé, in an effort to promote cross-tourism and economic and commercial exchanges,” says Bourque. Jeremy Hidalgo and Stacy Romero have spared no effort to make this trip a success. “We have at least six elected officials from Acadiana traveling with us and there are many more who will travel on their own to represent their communities during the CMA,” says Jeremy Hidalgo. “Our culture is so rich. We deserve to do business with our own people. That’s what cultural and economic exchanges are all about,” Hidalgo adds. These words seem to echo Councilman Brady Broussard’s sentiment. “We have so much to offer here in Abbeville and Vermilion Parish to our Acadian cousins – our Cattle Festival, the Giant Omelette celebration, Palmetto State Park, opportunities throughout the year for fun among family! We want them to come visit family!”

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