SAINT-TITE, QC, Sept. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - During a visit to the Festival
Western de St-Tite, the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State
(Small Business and Tourism) and Member of Parliament (Beauce),
announced funding from the Government of Canada for this major tourist
event taking place until September 16, 2012. Minister of State Bernier
made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Over 10 days, the Festival Western de St-Tite will bring together local
artists, artisans, and historical heritage performers. The festival
celebrates Quebec's embrace of country and western culture through
rodeo, music, dance, film, parades, arts and crafts.
"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to
invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and
define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to
celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous,
and free country we are today."
"The Festival Western de St-Tite demonstrates the ability of an entire
community to rally together to build a premier international tourism
event for the entire Mauricie region," said Minister of State Bernier.
"Congratulations to event organizers and the hundreds of volunteers
that make this event possible every year."
"The Government of Canada's contribution to our festival will be of
immense help in carrying out our development goals," said Pascal
Lafrenière, General Manager of the Festival Western de St-Tite. "These
funds provide added value for the whole community and will generate
significant economic and tourism benefits for the region. They also
serve as a springboard toward reaching new horizons in terms of
sustainable development. We are very proud and appreciate the continued
support provided by the Government of Canada in our growth process."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $134,500 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides
Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that
present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)