Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

October 24, 2006 19:55 ET

PWGSC: Minister Asks Volunteer Committee to Review Recommendation on Naming of Howard Green Building

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 24, 2006) - The Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), today announced that he will ask the local volunteer committee in British Columbia to review its recommendation regarding the naming of the Howard Charles Green Building in Vancouver.

In keeping with the Policy on Naming Government of Canada Structures, a volunteer committee comprised of representatives of Vancouver organizations held public consultations and made a recommendation in 2004 for consideration by the Government on the naming of the federal building at 401 Burrard St. The organizations included the Downtown Business Association, the Vancouver Business Improvement Association, the Vancouver Historical Society, and the Vancouver Heritage Commission.

"Following concerns expressed by Canadians of Japanese descent regarding the naming of the Howard Charles Green Building, I will be asking the volunteer committee to review its recommendation and indicate whether it continues to stand by this recommendation," Minister Fortier said.

Mr. Fortier committed his department to taking immediate action to work with the volunteer committee to review the recommendation and to report back to him as soon as possible.

"I will await the results of this review before making any decision regarding the naming of this building," the Minister added.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Fortier
    Jean-Luc Benoit
    Director of Communications
    819-997-5421
    or
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Media Relations
    819-956-2315