Québec City, September, 2014 – The City of Québec unveiled a statue of Étienne-Paschal Taché and inaugurated a garden in honor of the City of Charlottetown at Parc Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde along Promenade Samuel-De Champlain on September 5, 2014. The activity was held in the presence of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Robert Henderson, Minister of Tourism and Culture for Prince Edward Island; Stu MacFadyen, Deputy Mayor of the City of Charlottetown; and Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Québec City.
"I am delighted to have this opportunity to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the conferences that lead to the creation of the Canadian federation with the unveiling of this statue of Étienne-Paschal Taché that was donated to the city. We decided to erect it in the heart of the Charlottetown Garden on the bank of the St. Lawrence River to mark the role our two cities played in this important milestone in our history," said Régis Labeaume. "There have been a number of celebrations in Charlottetown and Québec City, and the festivities will continue with the arrival of seven tall ships in the Port of Québec from today to September 7."
"We are proud to have worked with our friends in Québec City on these commemorative projects, including the magnificent bronze statue of Sir Étienne-Paschal Taché, the innovative and fascinating March/Memory/Dance 2014 dance project, and the visit by the tall ships," added P.E.I. Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson. These projects have provided a wonderful opportunity to learn more about and reflect on the unique historic tie that binds Charlottetown and Québec City."
"The City of Charlottetown is very proud of the partnership we have with our friends in Québec. Both cities share such a unique historic milestone that it's only fitting that we celebrate that history together," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "We have worked with Québec on many projects and initiatives over the past year in both cities. And, on behalf of my colleagues on City Council and the residents of Charlottetown, we wish to thank Québec City for their great cooperation, the gift of the garden, and for offering a day dedicated to our city."
Two statues and two symbolic gardens
Two bronze statues representing two of the Fathers of Confederation have been erected close to the water in Charlottetown (William Henry Pope) and Québec City (Étienne-Paschal Taché), respectively. The two complementary statues crafted by sculptor Jules Lasalle highlight the connection between the first two conferences. A gift from Prince Edward Island 2014 Inc., the statue of Étienne-Paschal Taché aims to commemorate the role he played as chair of the Québec Conference. In 1864, he welcomed delegates from the Maritime colonies as they arrived aboard the SS Queen Victoria. Québec City and Charlottetown have also joined in inaugurating a garden in honor of the role the two cities played in creating the Canadian federation.
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From left: Robert Henderson, Minister of Tourism and Culture for Prince Edward Island; His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Québec City, and Stu MacFadyen, Deputy Mayor of the City of Charlottetown.