SAINT-PIERRE-BAPTISTE, QC, Jan. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Residents of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste will be able to celebrate the 125th anniversary of their town, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, Minister of State (Agriculture), and Member of Parliament (Mégantic-L'Érable), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will support a diverse array of activities from June 29 to July 1, 2012 to mark this historic anniversary. Celebrations will include musical performances, a play, a photo exhibit on the history of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste, and a children's show. More than 5,000 visitors are expected for the event, and organizers are counting on the participation of more than 100 volunteers and over 100 local artists.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important milestones like the 125th anniversary of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these anniversaries, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"The activities planned for the 125th anniversary of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste will help get citizens involved in their community and allow a number of artists to tell the story of their part of the country," said Minister Paradis. "Thanks to this investment from the Government of Canada, thousands of visitors will be able to discover the rich heritage of part of the Centre-du-Québec region, while promoting the development of its economy and tourism."
"The Comité du 125e is enthusiastic about being able to present the planned activities to the public," said Serge Nadeau, Director of the Comité des loisirs et de développement de Saint-Pierre-Baptiste. "We would like to thank ministers James Moore and Christian Paradis for their support on behalf of the Government of Canada for the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste."
The Comité des loisirs et de développement de Saint-Pierre-Baptiste, along with other sub-committees, acts as the organizing committee to produce, plan, and coordinate the celebrations for the 125th anniversary of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $39,320 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 heritage.
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