Harper Government Invests in 2012 Bicentennial Committee

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WELLINGTON, Prince Edward Island, May 15, 2012 - An investment in the bicentennial celebrations of Mont-Carmel and Egmont Bay are helping boost the economy, create jobs and stimulate growth in the region. Funding for the 2012 Bicentennial Committee was announced today by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament (Egmont), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

This funding will help the 2012 Bicentennial Committee carry out activities commemorating the 200th anniversary of the settling of the Mont‑Carmel and Egmont Bay parishes. The committee’s program includes musical and historical presentations, as well as performances and diverse activities. A book will also be published that traces the history of the parishes and two monuments will be erected dedicated to the founders.

“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations like the 2012 Bicentennial Committee,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting the anniversary of the Mont‑Carmel and Egmont Bay communities, we are delivering on our commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture and heritage.”

“I congratulate the members of the 2012 Bicentennial Committee, whose efforts will give our region’s residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy enriching and memorable cultural experiences,” added Minister Shea. “This investment will support tourism activities and highlight an important anniversary in our history.”

“We are delighted with the Government of Canada’s financial support to celebrate the arrival of the first founders of the Egmont Bay and Mont‑Carmel parishes,” said Marcel Bernard, co‑chair of the 2012 Bicentennial Committee. “This support will make it possible for us to celebrate, in a special way, the historical events that have marked our community’s development and to leave our islanders and visitors with tangible memories.”

The Government of Canada provided $44,700 in support under Canadian Heritage’s Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.