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May 06, 2008 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Recognizes Historic Significance of Monsignor de Laval

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - On behalf of Canada's Environment Minister Mr. John Baird, Mr. Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere, unveiled today a plaque commemorating the national historic significance of Monsignor de Laval.

"As the first Bishop of Quebec and founder of the Seminaire de Quebec, I am proud to recognize Monsignor de Laval's contribution to the province of Quebec on behalf of our Government," said Mr. Gourde.

The announcement is part of the festivities of the Francois de Laval Jubilee Year celebrating the 350th anniversary of Monsignor de Laval as Quebec City's first bishop, and the 300th anniversary of his death on May 6, 1708.

A pioneer of religious life in New France, Monsignor de Laval took over as the colony's vicar apostolic in 1659 and became, in 1674, the first bishop of the Quebec diocese. As part of his duties, he established the religious organization of the colony and in 1663, founded the Seminary of Quebec, where a colonial clergy could be trained. His strong ideas on public morality and Church prerogatives at times found him in opposition with civil authorities. Monsignor de Laval retired in 1688, but continued to live in Quebec City, where he dedicated himself to prayer, charitable works and the success of his seminary.

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises Canada's Environment Minister about the national historic significance of places, persons and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement of a commemorative plaque represents an official recognition of their historic value and creates public awareness about Canada's rich cultural heritage, which must be preserved for present and future generations.

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