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November 11, 2009 11:30 ET

Minister of State Lunn Travels to Newfoundland and Labrador With the Olympic Torch Relay

WABUSH, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), will be travelling to several towns and cities in Newfoundland and Labrador 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. "The Torch Relay celebrations in Newfoundland and Labrador will be an opportunity not only to involve local residents in this historical moment, but also to showcase a part of our country that is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty."

During this four-day journey, Minister of State Lunn will visit six communities in the region: Wabush-Labrador, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, St. Anthony, St. John's, Clarenville, and Grand Falls-Windsor. The Honourable Ethel Cochrane, Senator (Newfoundland and Labrador), will attend the celebration in Corner Brook, as well as a celebration in Channel-Port aux Basques.

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

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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 Wabush-Labrador, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, St. Anthony, St. John's, Clarenville, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, and Channel-Port aux Basques, as well as several other communities in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, 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 Wabush-Labrador, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, St. Anthony, St. John's, Clarenville, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, and Channel-Port aux Basques 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.

Government of Canada contributions to celebration communities in Newfoundland and Labrador:

Date of Activity Name of community Contribution amount
November 11, 2009 Wabush-Labrador $12,250
November 11, 2009 Happy Valley-Goose Bay $9,000
November 12, 2009 St. Anthony $15,000
November 13, 2009 St. John's $49,800
November 14, 2009 Clarenville $7,000
November 14, 2009 Grand Falls-Windsor $15,000
November 15, 2009 Corner Brook $15,000
November 15, 2009 Channel-Port aux Basques $15,000

Contact Information

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