Mr. Alexandre Cyr (Gaspe):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to call the attention of the House and all Canadian men and women to a series of events which will commemorate the 450th Anniversary of Jacques Cartier's first voyage to Canada. Mr. Speaker, you are certainly aware that the Right Hon. Prime Minister of Canada (Mr. Trudeau) is now in Saint-Malo, the French port from which Jacques Cartier sailed on his historic voyage. It is on July 26, 1534, on the shores of Gaspe, that American Indians welcomed for the first time this courageous navigator and his men. There, in several towns and villages, ceremonies will take place this summer to commemorate this major event in the history of our great and beautiful country. A most spectacular show will be the getting together of the tall ships which is scheduled to take place in the Bay of Gaspe June 17 to 20. An equally awe-inspiring display will take place on July 24 to commemorate the 450th Anniversary of Jacques Cartier's arrival in Gaspe.
Through its job creation programs, the subsidies provided by the Hon. Secretary of State (Mr. Joyal), as well as those provided by the Hon. Minister for Supply and Services (Mr. Charles Lapointe) who is responsible for these 1984 celebrations, as well as the assistance of several other departments, the Government of Canada is contributing over $1.5 million to the success of these celebrations. Celebrations on such a large scale have never taken place there. We are therefore looking forward to seeing you all in the Gaspe area, the cradle of Canada.
Topic: HISTORIC EVENTS
Subtopic: FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF JACQUES CARTIER'S FIRST VOYAGE TO CANADA