Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 15, 2010 14:52 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Passing of P.K. (Patricia Kathleen) Page

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 15, 2010) - It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of P.K. Page, one of Canada's finest poets.

Born in England and raised on the Canadian prairies, P.K. Page was a painter and renowned poet whose contribution to the arts earned her an international reputation. Her work was published in Canada over five decades with the most recent release, a children's book called The Sky Tree, published in 2009.

Ms. Page's poems were featured in various anthologies in North America, Australia, Asia and Europe, and her 2001 poem Planet Earth was read simultaneously in New York, the Antarctic and the South Pacific to celebrate the United Nation's International Year of Dialogue Between Civilizations.

In addition to receiving a Governor General's Literary Award and a B.C. Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence, Ms. Page was promoted to a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1998 in recognition of the indelible mark she made on Canadian poetry and literature.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I extend my deepest sympathy to Ms. Page's family and friends.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
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    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
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