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November 10, 2009 14:20 ET

Minister of State Lunn Celebrates the Passage of the Olympic Torch in Kuujjuaq, Gaspe, and Sept-Iles

KUUJJUAQ, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), is visiting Kuujjuaq, Gaspe, and Sept-Iles today to take part in Olympic Torch Relay community celebrations.

"The Olympic Torch Relay for the 2010 Vancouver Games will be the longest torch relay ever to take place within a host country. The Olympic Flame, carried by more than 12,000 torchbearers, will unite communities throughout Canada," said Minister of State Lunn. "I am very pleased to rediscover the natural and cultural wonders of Quebec while taking part in this memorable experience."

"After visiting Kuujjuaq, on the western bank of the majestic Koksoak River, the journey of the Olympic Flame will take me today to Gaspe and from there to Sept-Iles, cradle of the Innu people," added Minister of State Lunn. "This great adventure gives us the opportunity we've dreamed about to showcase homegrown talent, celebrate our diversity, and share an unforgettable moment as part of a moving celebration."

For more information on the Government's support for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay or the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, consult the attached backgrounder or visit www.Canada2010.gc.ca.

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

THE OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY AND THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

The Government of Canada, a major financial partner of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, is committed to ensuring that the Games are a success and are managed prudently. It is also striving to maximize the investment of Canadians in the Games and in the Olympic Torch Relay.

Through its contribution and involvement in the Olympic Torch Relay, the Government of Canada is giving all Canadians from coast to coast to coast the opportunity to experience the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games by making them "Canada's Games." After making its way across the ocean from Greece to Victoria, British Columbia, the Flame-carried by 12 000 torchbearers-will travel 45 000 kilometres from coast to coast to coast.

The Olympic Torch Relay will last 106 days and bring together the entire country as Canada prepares to welcome the 2010 Winter Games.

Did you know ..?

- The Government of Canada has invested $22.5 million to ensure that more Canadians can take part in the Olympic Torch Relay all across the country in order to celebrate the arrival of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

- The communities of Kuujjuaq, Gaspe, and Sept-Iles, as well as several other communities in the province of Quebec, received grants from the Government of Canada to enhance their cultural programming so that Canadians in these regions could take part in an unforgettable ceremony and celebrate Canada's cultural diversity and rich history.

- The Government of Canada made a financial contribution to setting up the project for the official celebration communities' song. The song, written by world-renowned artist Gregory Charles, will be performed by local choirs in order to showcase local artists. This activity is a unique opportunity to rally Canadians across the country around a unique theme and to generate a sense of national pride.

- The Government of Canada will give the communities of Kuujjuaq, Gaspe, and Sept-Iles a commemorative plaque to mark the passage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch in these communities. The Olympic Torch Relay route will be the longest domestic torch relay route in Olympic history, a legacy that will immortalize this moment in history for Canadians and citizens of the world for generations to come.

The list of Government of Canada's contributions to celebration communities in Quebec can be found at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/GOVA110.pdf

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1122
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca