Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 11, 2008 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Calgary Stampede

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 11, 2008) - Residents of Calgary and visitors from around the world will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities celebrating Quebec City thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Calgary Stampede.

The $432,300 in funding is to help Stampede organizers mark Quebec City's 400th anniversary with a full day of activities to celebrate this important milestone in Canadian history. The activities, under the theme Parlez-vous Yahoo?, will give visitors to the Stampede a taste of Quebec City's unique cultural vitality.

"Having been twinned for more than 50 years, Quebec and Calgary share a special relationship that includes a long tradition of exchanges," said Minister Verner. "I am delighted to be here today to take part in activities in which Calgary pays tribute to Quebec City's four centuries of history."

"The people of Quebec City and the people of Calgary share an enthusiasm for their communities and for life, as evidenced by the Calgary Stampede and world-famous Quebec Winter Carnival," said George Brookman, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. "That love of cultural diversity is what binds us together as Canadians in what many of us believe is the greatest country in the history of the world. Congratulations to Quebec City on this, their 400th anniversary."

The Department of Canadian Heritage has provided this funding under the Celebration and Commemoration Program. The program seeks to ensure that Canadians have access to commemorations of national interest that pay tribute to remarkable people, places, symbols, anniversaries, and achievements. It also promotes Canadians' participation in national celebrations and commemorations that help awaken pride in our country and strengthen a feeling of identification with Canada.

This news release is available on the Internet at 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
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations