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August 12, 2009 11:00 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Prepares Fort Malden National Historic Site for Commemoration of the War of 1812

AMHERSTBURG, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2009) - Mr. Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced a $500,000 investment in the renewal of exhibits in preparation for bicentennial commemorations of the War of 1812 at Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada. The announcement is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the War of 1812 as a crucial nation-building chapter in Canadian history and celebrates two centuries of peaceful co-existence with the United States," said Mr. Watson. "Canada's Economic Action Plan is our government's plan to stimulate our economy during the global recession. The investment announced today will not only help preserve and improve a key national historic site commemorating the War of 1812 and prepare it for an increase in visitation, but will also provide an economic stimulus and create local jobs."

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets aside $75 million for improvements to visitor facilities in Canada's national parks and national historic sites over the next two years and another $75 million for the protection of national historic sites during the same time period. As part of this investment, a total of $12 million has been allocated to national historic sites associated with the War of 1812, in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.

"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that the events of the War of 1812 era are not forgotten, and that the places associated with that war are protected for future generations," said Mr. Prentice. "It is important that all Canadians will have the opportunity to learn about and remember this critical chapter in our history. Bicentennial commemorations of the War of 1812 will increase awareness of the drama of Canadian history and celebrate two centuries of peaceful coexistence with the United States."

Fort Malden National Historic Site will receive $500, 000 for the update of exhibits, replacing out-dated elements and redesigning spaces to meet the needs of a modern audience. The exhibit will considerably enhance the visitor experience at Fort Malden while utilizing modern technology to captivate a younger audience.

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  • Parks Canada
    Michele Monette
    Media Relations Officer