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August 15, 2011 09:30 ET

Harper Government Restores Birthplace of Confederation

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2011) - Today, the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, announced the restoration of Province House National Historic Site to prepare for the 2014 celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.

"These restorations will significantly contribute to the preservation of Province House National Historic Site, where the Fathers of Confederation debated the formation of a new country, the Dominion of Canada," said Minister Kent. "Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important milestones to strengthen our pride in our history and support our heritage"

Today's announcement takes place at the site of the Charlottetown Conference of 1864 and birthplace of Confederation. The Charlottetown Conference was the first of three conferences (the other two in Quebec and London) leading to the signing of the British North America Act in 1867 and the establishment of Canada. Restorations will take place leading up to the 150th anniversary in 2014.

"Province House is an important landmark in the history of Canada attracting many visitors to our wonderful province," said Minister Shea. "Our government is proud of this restoration project that recognizes the importance of Prince Edward Island as the birthplace of Confederation and the founding of Canada."

For additional information on this announcement, including descriptions of the projects, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    819-997-1441

    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
    613-995-2960

    Media Relations
    Parks Canada
    819-953-8371
    www.twitter.com/parkscanada