Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 20, 2010 10:01 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Ottawa Book Awards and Prix du Livre d'Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2010) - Writers sometimes make us dream and sometimes help us discover the world around us thanks to their extraordinary ability to tell a story. For generations, their words have let us experience a vast array of emotions. Among them, many Canadians authors—of whom we can all be proud—have achieved success over the years, both internationally and locally.

Our Government knows that arts and culture play an essential role in the development of our communities. In addition to promoting diversity, artistic works—in either of our official languages—highlight the linguistic duality that enriches us and makes us proud.

For the past 25 years, the City of Ottawa has celebrated literature by recognizing the region's English- and French-speaking writers for the excellence of their works. These authors have received the Ottawa Book Awards and the Prix du livre d'Ottawa for the quality of their fiction and non-fiction books in both official languages. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the region's highly talented authors.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate the winners of this year's awards, as well as all of the finalists. You are contributing to the development of Canadian literature thanks to your works, which are now part of our heritage and will be appreciated by generations to come.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    jean-luc.benoit@pch.gc.ca