Construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway recognized as a national historic event in Canada



    Half a century ago Canadians celebrated the completion of the world's
    greatest inland waterway

    IROQUOIS, ON, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Honourable Jim
Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks
Canada, Mr. Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South
Glengarry, today unveiled a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
plaque commemorating the historic significance of the construction of the St.
Lawrence Seaway.
    "The Government of Canada is pleased to commemorate the construction of
the St. Lawrence Seaway," declared Mr. Lauzon. "It was an outstanding
engineering achievement in its immense scale, organizational complexity, and
fast-track construction schedule. I am pleased to commemorate this event that
transformed shipping on the St. Lawrence River, and opened Great Lakes ports
to ocean shipping on the world's greatest inland waterway."
    The construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway only took 5 years to complete
(1954-1959). This unprecedented engineering project employed 15,700 workers
and necessitated the involvement of the federal, provincial, state and local
governments as well as numerous public and private corporations of Canada and
the United States. It is a remarkable achievement not only because of its
complexity, but also because of its significant impact on the economies of
Canada and the American Midwest.
    The ceremony marking the importance of the event and its impact on the
history of Canada was held today at the Iroquois Lock, in Iroquois, Ontario.
It was part of a full day of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the
opening of the Seaway.
    "Today's commemoration of the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway is
a very fine example of what Canada's Government is doing to keep our shared
history alive. Each element of our heritage has a story to tell. Through the
national commemoration program, Canadians are offered opportunities to better
understand and appreciate Canada's unique history and culture," said Minister
Prentice.
    The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of
the Environment regarding the national historic significance of places, people
and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement of a commemorative
plaque represents an official recognition of historic value.
    The Historic Sites and Monuments Board is supported by Parks Canada. The
agency is also responsible for protecting and operating over 162 national
historic sites across the country for Canadians to understand, appreciate, and
enjoy.




For further information:

For further information: Information about the Government of Canada
commemoration of the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway: Kevin Fox, Parks
Canada, (613) 359-5377, Kevin.fox@pc.gc.ca; Information about the St. Lawrence
Seaway: Andrew Bogora, St. Lawrence Seaway, (613) 932-5170 (3285),
ABogora@seaway.ca; (Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media
Room.)


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