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April 22, 2008 10:24 ET

Canadian Government Recognizes the National Historic Significance of Maple Products

MONT-SAINT-HILAIRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - On behalf of Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, the Member of Parliament for Lotbiniere - Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere, Mr. Jacques Gourde, today announced the designation of maple products as an event of national historic significance. The event took place at the Maison des cultures amerindiennes, in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. Two other designations were made in Plessisville, Quebec, and in McDonalds Corners, Ontario.

"There is nothing more Canadian than maple syrup and I am delighted to highlight the importance of maple products to Quebequers," said Mr. Gourde. "Today's celebration recognizes the hard work of Canadians who have contributed to making the maple industry a Canadian icon."

Minister Baird made this designation on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC). Parks Canada and the HSMBC will work with local communities and stakeholders to plan the future placement of the commemorative plaque that will highlight the importance of maple products in Canada.

Through the national commemoration program, Canadians are offered on-site and online opportunities to better understand and appreciate Canada's unique history and culture. The program also helps to create learning and tourism opportunities that support regional economic development.

Canada's system of national historic sites now includes 937 national historic sites, 610 national historic persons and 391 national historic events. The majority of national historic sites are owned and operated by private individuals, not-for-profit groups and corporations. Parks Canada protects and presents 157 of these special places on behalf of Canadians.

(Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media room.)

Contact Information

  • Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
    Michel Audy
    Executive Secretary
    819-997-0129