Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 20, 2009 11:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Ottawa Book Awards and the Prix du Livre d'Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2009) - Canada is rich in authors who use their passion for words to allow us to discover their vision of the world. Through their works, they entertain, inform, and inspire us.

Our Government recognizes the contribution that arts and culture make to our communities, as well as the importance of our two official languages with regard to our Canadian identity. In this year of the 40th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, we are proud to reiterate our commitment to promoting English and French in all areas of Canadian society.

For more than 20 years, the City of Ottawa has paid tribute to talented English- and French-language writers by presenting the Ottawa Book Awards and the Prix du livre d'Ottawa for the best fiction and non-fiction books in English and in French. This is a wonderful way to raise the profile of the region's exceptional authors.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate this year's award winners, as well as all the authors selected as finalists. I would also like to thank everyone who works to promote arts and culture in Ottawa in both of our country's official languages.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca