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Canadian Heritage

October 31, 2009 15:45 ET

Minister of State Lunn Joins the Community of Duncan in Celebrating the Olympic Torch Relay

DUNCAN, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 31, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), will join Canadians at Cowichan Place in Duncan in celebration of the Olympic Torch Relay today.

"All British Columbians are honoured to be celebrating the beginning of the Olympic Flame's journey, as we prepare to welcome the world in 2010," said Minister of State Lunn. "This 106-day adventure, which begins and ends in our province, will build momentum across the country and culminate with the opening of the Games on February 12."

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am proud to present commemorative plaques to the city of Duncan, symbolizing the Olympic Flame's passage across Vancouver Island," added Minister of State Lunn.

The Government of Canada has invested $22.5 million to ensure that communities all across the country will experience the Olympic spirit through the Olympic Torch Relay. This investment will make it possible to bring all Canadians together to celebrate Canada's rich artistic talent, Aboriginal traditions, official languages, and ethnic diversity.

A local choir will perform the Community Celebration song composed by Gregory Charles. Canadians will thus have the opportunity for an unforgettable cultural experience while also participating in the 2010 Winter Games in their region.

Moreover, each of the 189 relay celebration communities will receive a commemorative plaque from the Government of Canada to mark the longest relay ever run within a host country. This lasting legacy will remind us of the Olympic Torch's passage long after it has been extinguished.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M. P
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations