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November 16, 2007 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Recognizes the National Historic Significance of Jean-Baptiste Meilleur

L'ASSOMPTION, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2007) - On behalf of Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, the Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin, Senator, today unveiled a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque commemorating the national historic significance of Jean-Baptiste Meilleur.

"Jean-Baptiste Meilleur has played a key role in the development of education in Quebec and in Canada," said Senator Nolin. "Canada is recognized as a world leader in education. Our Government is proud to honour a man who worked tirelessly to establish the foundations of the public school system that our children enjoy today."

First Superintendent of Education in Lower Canada, Jean-Baptiste Meilleur is considered to be the main founder of the public school system in Quebec. He played a vital role in the development of a comprehensive public school system, in the creation of a school inspector position and in the establishment of the first teacher training college in the country. Born in 1796, Meilleur completed distinguished studies in medicine before dedicating his life to education. He died December 6, 1878, leaving a legacy of many accomplishments that highlight his admirable perseverance.

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of the Environment about the national historic significance of places, persons and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement of a commemorative plaque represents an official recognition of their historic value. It increases public awareness of our rich cultural heritage, which must be preserved for present and future generations.

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