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The Canadian Press

April 05, 2005 09:00 ET

Ambassador Frank McKenna to Speak at CP Dinner - June 3 in Ottawa

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About our guest speaker:

Frank McKenna, Canada's newly appointed Ambassador to the United States, has accepted an invitation to serve as guest speaker at the Annual Dinner of The Canadian Press on June 3, 2005.

Mr. McKenna, Premier of New Brunswick from 1987 to 1997, is known for his government and business experience, political skill and outspoken honesty. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University, completed postgraduate studies in political science at Queen's University and earned his law degree at the University of New Brunswick.

Ambassador McKenna had an illustrious legal career, successfully arguing cases up to the Supreme Court of Canada, before turning to the political arena. He became a Member of the Legislative Assembly for New Brunswick in 1982, and three short years later at the age of 37 became leader of the provincial Liberal party. He led the party to power in 1987, making political history by winning all 58 seats in the legislature.

Under his leadership, New Brunswick became one of Canada's first provinces to improve its credit rating and produce a steady series of balanced budgets. His efforts to reform the provincial economy, especially in the area of technology, earned him the designation of Economic Developer of the Year in 1993. He was also a leading advocate for the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement signed in 1989.

About our event:

For more than 50 years, the CP Annual Dinner has been a prestigious forum for renowned - and sometimes controversial - speakers. It has hosted prime ministers, governors general, media moguls, famed journalists and international diplomats. From Pierre Trudeau to Robert Kennedy to Conrad Black, they have made remarks ranging from insightful to outrageous, humorous to touching, and sometimes even prophetic.

It has been a much-anticipated event where the leaders of Canada's newspapers, broadcasters, magazines and online sites hear directly from those who shape the country and the world.

This year's dinner will be held June 3 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa/Hull, as part of National Newspaper Week.

At last year's CP Annual Dinner, Paul Cellucci, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, delivered a provocative speech on the unique relationship between Canadians and Americans. Paul Martin spoke at the 2003 dinner just months before becoming Canada's prime minister.

A not-for-profit co-operative owned by a wide cross-section of the news media and set up under a charter of Parliament, The Canadian Press fills a vital role as an independent institution serving the entire news system and hence democracy in this country.

Corporate sponsorships for this event are available at a Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze level. To reserve a sponsorship, order individual tickets or reserve tables of eight, please contact Sharon Hockin at 416-507-2137 or shockin@cp.org. IN: MEDIA

Contact Information

  • Sharon Hockin, The Canadian Press
    Primary Phone: 416-507-2137
    E-mail: shockin@cp.org