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March 09, 2005 14:21 ET

Minister Guarnieri Challenges Provinces and Territories to Honour the Year of the Veteran



MARCH 9, 2005 - 14:21 ET

Minister Guarnieri Challenges Provinces and
Territories to Honour the Year of the Veteran

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 9, 2005) - The Honourable Albina
Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs would like to express her
delight over the recent appointment of Cecil Clarke as minister
responsible for the Year of the Veteran in Nova Scotia.

"Nova Scotia's Premier has set the bar for the Year of the Veteran among
his counterparts," said Minister Guarnieri in response to the
appointment. "I invite other provinces and territories to meet this
challenge and assign such a responsibility in their respective
governments, making remembrance a priority for 2005. When Canadians are
engaged at a provincial and territorial level, together we can build the
national recognition that our veterans deserve."

Premier John Hamm announced the appointment on Sunday, a natural fit for
Mr. Clarke, who has a personal tie to veterans and veterans' issues. His
late grandfather was a veteran who served in the Netherlands with the
Cape Breton Highlanders during the Second World War. Mr. Clarke is also
an active supporter of community development initiatives and has a keen
interest in veterans' affairs. This appointment will be an opportunity
for Mr. Clarke to engage Nova Scotians in a year of remembrance.

Throughout 2005, high profile ceremonies and events in Canada and
overseas will commemorate Canadian veterans and mark the 60th
anniversary of the end of the Second World War. On May 8th, Canada will
celebrate Victory in Europe (VE-) Day in every provincial and
territorial capital in Canada. For more information on the Year of the
Veteran, please visit


Contact Information

    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 992-7468
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Stephanie Lewis
    Press Secretary
    (613) 996-4649