Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

October 22, 2010 12:10 ET

Harper Government Highlights Canadian Investment in the New University of L'Aquila Youth Centre

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2010) - The Honourable Consiglio Di Nino, Senator for Ontario, and Paul Calandra, Member of Parliament for Oak Ridges-Markham, today announced the inauguration of a university youth centre in the Abruzzo region that has been built thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

The youth centre investment was originally announced by Prime Minister Harper at the July 2009 G-8 Summit held in L'Aquila, following a devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake which claimed the lives of 297 people and left an additional 65,000 people homeless. At the summit, Prime Minister Harper pledged a contribution of $5 million for the design and construction of a multi-purpose student centre at the University of L'Aquila.

"This centre will serve as a testament to the close friendship between Canada and Italy," said Senator Di Nino. "The project is also the fruit of excellent cooperation between our two governments, and a concrete demonstration of our government's commitment to youth, a strong knowledge economy and future."

The $5-million contribution by the Government of Canada is only a part of other important financial contributions and moral support offered by the people of Canada, including significant charitable donations to the region.

"We are proud and grateful for the generous private donations so many Canadians made to the relief effort," said MP Calandra. "The inauguration of the L'Aquila Youth Center is a proud moment in Canada-Italy relations."

Canada's vibrant Italian community is the legacy of the generations of pioneering men and women who choose to pursue opportunities in a foreign, new country. In every field of human endeavour—be it the arts, business, or politics—Canada has been immeasurably enriched by the contributions of Italian Canadians.

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