Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 01, 2014 08:36 ET

Statement by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of Canada Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 1, 2014) -

Today, I invite everyone to gather with family and friends to celebrate this great country. Happy Canada Day to all!

From coast to coast to coast, Canadians are celebrating our 147th birthday as a country. As we approach Canada's150th anniversary in 2017, let's take time to reflect on the events that are part of our shared history and to celebrate the men and women who have helped make Canada the greatest country in the world-a country that is strong, proud, and free.

In our Nation's Capital, hundreds of thousands of Canadians will converge on Parliament Hill for the noon and evening shows, featuring some of Canada's most talented performing artists. The shows will also pay tribute to major milestones in our country's history: the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, the end of the mission in Afghanistan, and the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences. Our Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be recognized, as well.

Today also marks the beginning of Canada History Week, which runs until July 7. I hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities to learn more about our history and the people, places and events that have made us who we are today.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I encourage each and every Canadian-whether you live in a small community or a big city-to join together today in celebrating our nation's birthday.

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages