New Brunswick man says new information to affect 40-year land dispute
June 3rd, 2008
FREDERICTON - A man at the centre of a land dispute for almost 40 years claimed Tuesday to have uncovered evidence that proves he should never have been evicted from his property for the building of a national park.
Jackie Vautour was forced from his home and land when Kouchibouguac National Park was created along the east coast of New Brunswick in 1969.
"I have just recently been able to come up with some concrete evidence that I should not have been evicted at all," he said.
The expropriation of about 10 Acadian villages to create the park caused enormous disruption in the lives of over 1,000 people whose families had fished and farmed the land for generations.
Vautour's home was bulldozed in 1976, but he returned less than two years later.
He has remained on park land ever since despite confrontations with police and offers of land and money from the New Brunswick government.
Vautour has called a news conference for Wednesday afternoon in Moncton.
"It will be information given in order for people to understand how things can happen that never should happen according to law," he said.
Vautour said the information will impact many people, not just him.
Although Vautour challenged the expropriation in court, it was ruled lawful.
Parks Canada now assembles real estate for national parks over a period of many years, buying up parcels as they come on the market or when owners die.
The Canadian National Parks Act, given royal assent in 2000, states that Parks Canada can no longer acquire land through expropriation.