Harper Government Supports Bromont International Three-Day Event

BROMONT, QC, June 6, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to Equine Canada Hippique. The funding supports the 2012 Bromont International Three-Day Event, which is being held in Bromont from June 7 to 10, 2012.

"Our government is proud to provide support to Equine Canada Hippique for the hosting of the 2012 Bromont International Three-Day Event," said Minister of State Gosal. "This exciting competition will provide our top equestrian athletes with the opportunity to face off against the world's best right here on home soil. I wish our equestrian athletes the best of success on the road to the London 2012 Olympic Games."

"I am pleased to welcome visitors and equestrian athletes from around the world to Quebec for this very exciting equestrian competition," said Minister Paradis. "This prestigious event will showcase both the tremendous talent of our athletes and our beautiful region, while bringing about a welcome economic boost to the local community."

"The organizing committee is grateful to the Government of Canada for the financial support to the Volvo Bromont CCI," said Mrs. Sue Ockendon, Event Organizer. "This event will offer our Canadian Olympic hopefuls the world-class venue they need to prepare and compete at the highest levels."

Equine Canada Hippique is the national governing body that oversees equestrian sport, the Canadian Equestrian Team, as well as issues related to equine welfare, breeding and the industry.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to podium. The Government of Canada has provided $50,000 from Sport Canada's Hosting Program for the 2012 Bromont Three-Day Event.  It also provided almost $2.6 million to Equine Canada Hippique during the 2011-2012 fiscal year through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact:

Jenny Van Alstyne
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)


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