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Budget promises up to $1M for memorial for slain Moncton RCMP officers

Onlookers wave a Canadian flag during the funeral procession for the three RCMP officers who were killed in the line of duty in Moncton, N.B. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
Onlookers wave a Canadian flag during the funeral procession for the three RCMP officers who were killed in the line of duty in Moncton, N.B. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

FREDERICTON – The federal budget allocates up to $1 million for a memorial for the three RCMP officers killed in Moncton, N.B., last year.

The budget says the federal government will continue to work with the New Brunswick government and the City of Moncton to fund a memorial that recognize the sacrifices of constables David Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan and Doug Larche.

Two other officers were wounded in the June 4 shootings.

New Brunswick Finance Minister Roger Melanson says the three levels of government have been discussing plans but he only learned of the federal funding when the budget was released and so far the province has not received a funding request.

Isabelle LeBlanc, the director of communications for the City of Moncton, says the public will soon be asked for input on the design of the memorial and the final concept will be unveiled in June.

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Justin Bourque was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 75 years after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

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