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February 15, 2010 20:33 ET

Canada Celebrates Quebec Day and Metis Day at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, invites all Canadians to celebrate Quebec Day and Metis Day and take part in tonight's victory ceremony at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

"I invite you to the victory ceremony this evening to recognize the outstanding performances of today's medalists and to be treated to top-notch Quebec and Metis entertainment," said Minister Moore. "Hosting the 2010 Winter Games and celebrating Quebec Day and Metis Day provides a unique opportunity to showcase what makes our country so extraordinary, including our two official languages, our rich cultural diversity, and our Aboriginal heritage."

"We're very pleased to be celebrating Canada's first gold medal of the Games and the first on Canadian soil at the Quebec Day victory ceremony," added Minister Moore.

The victory ceremony tonight is hosted by Quebec. It will showcase talent from the province and be followed by athlete medal presentations, as well as an hour-long performance by a headlining act. Victory ceremonies will be held for 12 nights in Vancouver during the Olympic Winter Games. Each night's victory ceremony is sponsored by a territory or province.

The Government of Canada is a major and committed funding partner in delivering successful Winter Games in 2010 and is striving to maximize Canadians' investment in the Games. The Games will unite all Canadians by celebrating our passion for sport, sharing our pride in our athletes and our many and varied cultures, and showcasing our talents to the world.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

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