Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 22, 2008 09:32 ET

Statement by the Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity) on St. George's Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) -

Greetings to everyone celebrating St. George's Day.

St. George is the patron saint of Catalonia, Portugal, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Macedonia, the Gora, and England.

The emblem of St. George, a red cross on a white background, was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century. The St. George's Cross-an English flag of the 15th century-was carried by John Cabot when he reached the east coast of Canada in 1497 sailing under English colours. Its prominence on the coats of arms of many Canadian provinces and territories reflects England's contribution to Canada's rich and diverse heritage.

As the Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy St. George's Day.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Jason Kenney, PC, MP,
    Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)
    Alykhan Velshi
    Director of Communications
    alykhan.velshi@pch.gc.ca