The Department of National Defence will restore a section of the Quebec City Citadel walls with a stone from the United States;
Against all odds, the lowest bidder won the contract to restore the King’s Bastion with its proposal to use a stone from the United States;
The Pennsylvania Bluestone from the United States will replace the original Sillery sandstone to restore the Quebec City Citadel;
The Bluestone does not meet the standards and requirements for the type of restoration material to be used under UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status for Old Quebec and, in particular, its fortifications;
The original stone, which was used to build the Citadel, is still available in a quarry in Lévis;
Major renovations to the Citadel walls have been completed in recent years using only the original Sillery sandstone; and
Many independent experts have concluded that the Bluestone does not meet specifications and that its use could cause future problems with regard to durability and aesthetic uniformity.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to end this attack on the heritage integrity of Quebec City and use the original stone to restore the Quebec City Citadel.
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