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November 19, 2008 19:28 ET

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2008) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement on the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Crown Colony of British Columbia:

"On November 19, 1858, at Fort Langley, Governor James Douglas issued a proclamation on behalf of Queen Victoria creating the new colony of British Columbia.

"On the anniversary of this historic occasion, I would like to send my congratulations to all British Columbians. For 150 years now, British Columbia has been an integral part of our confederation.

"From the early days of maritime trade with the Orient, to the present-day Asia-Pacific gateway, British Columbia continues to play an important role in our country's economic well-being.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish to congratulate British Columbia on its past contributions and look forward to future celebrations such as the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games."

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