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February 23, 2008 10:13 ET

Keeping the Memory of Canada's Former Prime Ministers Alive

Government of Canada invests to ensure upkeep of PM Mackenzie gravesite

SARNIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird and Pat Davidson, Member of Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton, today announced the Government of Canada will be investing $20,500 in the gravesite of former Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie at Lakeview Cemetery in Sarnia for ongoing maintenance and monitoring.

"I am pleased to see that the grave site of former Prime Minister Mackenzie will be restored and maintained in a condition that is appropriate to those who served in the highest public office in Canada," said Mrs. Davidson. "This was an issue that my constituents felt very strongly about, our Government listened and we're here today to do the right thing for Canadians."

Contracts will be awarded to a conservation landscape architect and a stone conservation specialist this spring to perform restoration work at the Mackenzie grave site. The work will include the restoration of the family monument, the stabilization of many smaller markers in the plot, including the main marker and landscaping.

"Canada has benefited from the leadership of able and dynamic prime ministers who have developed a vision for our nation and its place in the world. Respecting their legacy is important to Canadians and it's important to our Government," said Minister Baird. "It's thanks to the hard work of MP Pat Davidson we are here today."

The Government of Canada will continue to collaborate with the Prime Ministers' families and the cemetery authorities to ensure these important grave sites are conserved in perpetuity.

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Contact Information

  • Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
    Michel Audy
    Executive Secretary