Government of Canada

Government of Canada

June 07, 2006 15:30 ET

Minister Emerson Welcomes Paralympic Flag-Raising in Vancouver

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 7, 2006) -



By the Honourable David Emerson
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway
and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics


Today, the Paralympic flag was raised at a ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia. The event reminds us that the countdown is on to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games-Canada's Games.

Hosting the Paralympic Winter Games will provide us with an opportunity to showcase our athletes, our culture, and our hospitality to the rest of the world. The Government of Canada is proud to be a major partner in this venture.

We are committed to success. So much so, that we have invested nearly $500 million in the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which includes 20 million dollars specifically for the operation of the Paralympic Games.

In planning for 2010, we have a unique opportunity to promote health and fitness, to demonstrate Canada's diversity and excellence to the world, and most importantly, to build a legacy that benefits businesses, communities, and citizens and lives on long after the Games have ended.

Already, enthusiasm is building across the country. With both the Olympic and Paralympic flags now flying proudly in Canadian host cities and construction of venues begun, we are well on our way to making these the best Games ever.

As Minister for International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, I recently met with some of our Paralympian athletes, at a special tribute to their success in Turin, which was held on Parliament Hill. I was pleased to be able to congratulate some of them personally.

I know that 2010 means a great deal to current and future Paralympians. It is also significant for all Canadians. The performance of our athletes will once again make us proud-as will the Games themselves. Our thorough approach to preparation, our emphasis on partnership, and our insistence on inclusion have already attracted attention. I am confident Canada's Paralympic Games in 2010 will serve as a model for many Paralympic Games to come.

As Canadians, we can all be proud.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Trade
    and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the
    Vancouver-Whistler Olympics
    Jennifer Chiu
    Press Secretary
    (613) 996-8249
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    (819) 997-9314