Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 15, 2008 19:30 ET

The Government of Canada Celebrates the Acadian People and New Brunswick During the 400th Anniversary of Quebec City of Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Member of Parliament (Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere), today attended the reception given by the Honourable Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick, to celebrate the Acadian people and New Brunswick, as part of the festivities marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City.

"The 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, which we are celebrating in 2008, reminds us that French was the founding language of Canada," said Minister Verner. "And today, on August 15, National Acadian Day, Quebecois and Acadians have double cause for celebrating their language."

"Despite a history strewn with hardships, Acadians have been fiercely protective of their heritage. Today, more than ever, they rank among worthy representatives of the linguistic duality that makes Canada strong," said Mr. Gourde.

In June 2003, the Government of Canada officially designated August 15 National Acadian Day.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Director, Regional Communications
    514-283-4027