Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

June 20, 2008 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces the Official Opening of The Passages Exhibit on the Canadian Coast Guard, in Honour of the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 20, 2008) - On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec, Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Levis-Bellechasse, officially opened the Passages exhibit on the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

"The Passages exhibit highlights the history of the Canadian Coast Guard," said Mr. Blaney. "It illustrates the day-to-day activities of Canadian Coast Guard employees, whether they are involved in icebreaker voyages to the Arctic in support of scientific missions, icebreaking operations along the St. Lawrence waterways, the development of navigation technologies or search and rescue operations."

A tour through history illustrated by artefacts, photographs, stories and anecdotes, the Passages exhibit will show visitors just how much the Canadian Coast Guard has contributed to the development of Quebec and the growth of navigation on the St. Lawrence River. The exhibit is located in the old Customs building at the Canadian Coast Guard Base at 101 Champlain Boulevard in Quebec. It will be open every day from 10 am to 5 pm, from June 21 to September 1, 2008.

The 400th anniversary of Quebec, the cradle of the French language and culture in North America, is a historic event for Canada and North America, for it is from that date that we truly started to become what we are today. The Government of Canada is proud to contribute $110 million to the celebrations and to be a partner in the organization of this event, because the founding of Quebec also marks the founding of the Canadian State.

For more information on Quebec's 400th anniversary, visit the Government of Canada's website on this historic event at www.quebec400.gc.ca

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