Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee and Mayor Régis Labeaume of the Ville de Québec (Quebec City) made their friendly partnership official with the signing of the 2014 partnership agreement in Quebec City earlier today.
"This is an exciting day for Charlottetown as we make our friendship, and now partnership, official with the Ville de Québec," said Mayor Lee. "2014 will be an exciting year for Charlottetown as we celebrate the 1864 Conference, our city’s history, and our nation’s shared sense of Canadian heritage. Our partnership with the Ville de Québec makes this year all the more important and special for both of our cities given our shared place in Canadian history that dates back 150 years."
The world renowned Canaval de Québec and Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Fathers of Confederation Building Trust Board of Directors meeting, also taking place in Quebec City, acted as backdrop for the partnership signing ceremony which took place at the historic Ville de Québec City Hall before local municipal officials and organizations, Fathers of Confederation Building Trust Board of Directors and members of the media.
The City of Charlottetown and the Ville de Québec have shared a lot over the years, as both hold a very unique place in Canadian history with the hosting of the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences in 1864. 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of both conferences.
For the past year, Mayor Lee and Wayne Long, Events Development Officer for the City of Charlottetown, have been working closely with Mayor Labeaume and his staff to develop and nurture a meaningful partnership between both nationally historic cities. Their partnership will see a series of visits, culture, beautification and promotional initiatives take place throughout 2014 with both cities being honoured for their role and place of significance in Canadian history. Among the pinnacle activities to be shared by both cities is a "Québec Day" to be celebrated in Charlottetown and a "Charlottetown Day" to be celebrated in the Ville de Québec; visits by each Mayor during highlight celebrations; a musical artist exchange; commemorative garden plantings; and a willingness to promote each other’s rich heritage and activities.
"Charlottetown is passionate about being part of moments that change lives. Our partnership with the Ville de Québec and today’s ceremonial signing is a perfect reflection of that," added Mayor Lee. "Today we honour our cities’ place in history in a modern way."
During their visit to Quebec City, Mayor Lee and Wayne Long are also taking part in activities associated with the Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Fathers of Confederation Building Trust board meetings and Carnaval de Québec.
For more information on City of Charlottetown’s planned activities and events for 2014, visit www.2014.charlottetown.ca.
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Photo cutline info: Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee and Mayor Régis Labeaume of the Ville de Québec (Quebec City) made their friendly partnership official with the signing of the 2014 partnership agreement in Quebec City earlier today.
Background - 2014 Supporting Information:
In the fall of 2013, PEI 2014 Inc., the City of Charlottetown and Ville de Québec announced a separate and independent tri-partnership to produce three major cultural exchange projects in 2014. The three projects under development set to take place in both cities include a visit of Tall Ships, a contemporary dance production, and commemorative statues.
For more information on PEI 2014 Inc., visit www.pei2014.ca.
Events Development Officer
City of Charlottetown