Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 02, 2008 15:47 ET

Minister Verner Welcomes Daniel Gelinas as President and Director General of the Societe du 400e Anniversaire de Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 2, 2008) - Following the announcement made earlier today by the Societe du 400e anniversaire de Quebec, the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, thanked Pierre Boulanger for his work in planning the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank Pierre Boulanger for the work he has carried out. The kick-off on December 31 was a genuine success, and Mr. Boulanger played a large part in the launch of this wonderful adventure. I wish him the best of luck in his new challenges," said Minister Verner.

Minister Verner also took the opportunity to welcome Daniel Gelinas, who will now serve as President and Director General of the Societe du 400e anniversaire de Quebec, the organization responsible for the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City.

"I am pleased that Mr. Gelinas is joining this team," said Minister Verner. "I am sure that his knowledge and savoir-faire will be of great benefit to the Societe du 400e."

The Minister also welcomed the transparency measures that the organization announced today.

The celebrations were launched on December 31, and the next 12 months promise to be full of excitement. The Minister is particularly proud to take part in an event as important as this, which demonstrates both the richness of our past and the vitality of a city and a country that look toward the future.

"The 400th anniversary of Quebec City, which we will celebrate throughout 2008, reminds us that French is the founding language of Canada. The first event of the year, The 400-Year Journey, which will take place in the heart of Old Quebec City on January 5 and 6, 2008, will set the tone for a year filled with monumental productions," said Minister Verner.

For more information on the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, please visit the Government of Canada's website on this historic event at www.quebec400.gc.ca

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Jean-Nicolas Marchand
    418-626-5522