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November 04, 2009 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates 100 Days to Go Before the Start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 4, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), accompanied by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), celebrated a milestone today: 100 days to go before the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Celebrations took place in front of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Countdown Clock at the National Capital Infocentre with Canadian athletes Jeff Bean, former freestyle skier; Gaetan Boucher, former speed skater; and Sue Holloway, former cross-country skier.

"Just 100 days from today, Canada will welcome the world for the XXI Winter Olympic Games. Let's cheer on our Canadian athletes and share in their dreams of winning Olympic gold," said Minister of State Lunn. "We can feel the anticipation and Games spirit now more than ever all across Canada."

"The Olympic Torch Relay is well under way, and will be highlighted by community celebrations across the country that will showcase some of our most talented artists," said Minister Moore. "Hosting the 2010 Winter Games will also give us a unique opportunity to promote our country's two official languages and our diverse cultures to the world."

"From coast to coast to coast, Canadians are supporting our Olympic athletes," said Minister of State Lebel. "With 100 days to go, the excitement is spreading to all regions of the country."

The Government of Canada is a major and committed funding partner in delivering successful Winter Games in 2010 and will strive to maximize Canadians' investment in the Games. Hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is a unique opportunity for Canada to showcase its accomplishments and innovations to the world.

For more information about the Government of Canada's role in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations