Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 18, 2009 16:42 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Death of Father Fernand Lindsay

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) - It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Father Fernand Lindsay, one of the builders of this country's cultural scene. With a dedication to the development of our culture and the emergence of the next generation of artists in our society, I cannot help but regret the loss of Father Lindsay, whose life was devoted to music and allowing young creators to flourish.

An emblematic figure of classical music in Canada, Father Lindsay founded and directed various organizations that were part of our musical landscape, most notably the Festival international de Lanaudiere. This festival, whose reach extends far beyond our borders, is recognized today as the most important classical music festival in Canada. A man of action as well as heart, Fernand Lindsay was also able to make his mark through his unwavering commitment to the next generation of musicians, particularly through the Fondation Pere Lindsay. Founded in 1996, this foundation allows young musicians to attend the Camp musical de Lanaudiere.

Father Lindsay was a member of the Order of Canada. The first recipient of the Lescarbot Award, he was awarded a number of honours, including the Governor General's Award and an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Music at McGill University.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I offer my sincere condolences to the members of the Clerics of Saint Viator, of which Father Lindsay was a member, his family, his friends, and everyone who was touched by his love of music.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea
    Press Secretary