The partnership between the City of Charlottetown and Québec City is being celebrated today (June 14) in Charlottetown as part of the Capital City’s 1864 Anniversary Celebrations.
Charlottetown City Council officially declared June 14, 2014 as Québec Day at its June Council meeting. To commence the Québec Day celebrations today, the City of Charlottetown held a special ceremony and raised the Québec City flag outside of City Hall. Québec City Mayor Régis Labeaume, Québec City Deputy Mayor Michelle Morin-Doyle, The Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of PEI, and Richard Brown, MLA for Charlottetown-Victoria Park were among those who attended.
"The City of Charlottetown and Québec City played a unique role in the creation of this country through the 1864 Charlottetown Conference and the Québec Conference," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Now, in the year 2014, we have this great partnership and friendship between these two historic cities. I’m not sure why it has taken 150 years for us to foster that relationship, but I am extremely pleased that we are united now and are celebrating the anniversary of these important meetings from our history. Today is a great day for Charlottetown, a great day for Québec, and a great day for all Canadians."
As the Québec Day celebrations continue throughout the day today, residents will see six Québec City flags being flown at various locations throughout the Charlottetown. At 12 p.m., Mayor Lee and Mayor Labeaume kick off a Québec/PEI concert at the Confederation Centre of the Arts at 12 p.m. The entertainment will continue until 6 p.m. and include artists from both cities.
The City of Charlottetown will also unveil a Québec Garden and engraved brick at Confederation Landing to signify the strong relationship between the two municipalities. The Québec Garden unveiling and brick dedication will take place on June 14 on the path by the Lobster on the Wharf Restaurant at 2 p.m. (inside of the Lobster on the Wharf Restaurant if it is raining).
Later in the day, through the generosity of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, two theatre seats will also be dedicated to Charlottetown and Québec in the newly renovated Homburg Theatre at 3 p.m. Both Mayors will be in attendance.
"Québec City and the City of Charlottetown have nurtured a meaningful partnership to hold major cultural exchange projects in 2014," said Québec Mayor Régis Labeaume. "It will be a pleasure to honour Charlottetown’s role in Canadian history by celebrating ‘Charlottetown Day’ in Québec City next September."
Mayor Lee and Mayor Labeaume signed a friendship agreement in February that includes a partnership between the municipalities for 2014 events, but also for special joint projects and events leading up to 2017 – the 150th anniversary of Canada as a nation.
"The Province of Prince Edward Island is very pleased to support the City of Charlottetown’s 1864 Week through the PEI 2014 Fund," said MLA for Charlottetown – Victoria Park, Richard Brown on behalf of Premier Robert Ghiz. "Given the distinct role played by Charlottetown and Québec City in the founding of our country, it is especially appropriate to highlight the unique connection between the two capital cities during Charlottetown’s 1864 Week."
"Significant anniversaries are an opportunity to bring Canadians together and show our pride in the citizenship we all share," said The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. "I am very proud that our Government’s investment in projects to highlight the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences will help Canadians learn more about these important milestones in our history and heritage and lead the way to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017."
Québec Day is part of Charlottetown’s 1864 Anniversary Celebrations, June 10-15. To view the complete schedule, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/1864week.php The six-day festival was made possible through funding from Canadian Heritage and the PEI 2014 Fund.
PLEASE NOTE: A French translated version of this news release is attached below.
City of Charlottetown
Political and press attaché of Mayor Labeaume
Ville de Québec
Conseillère en relations internationales
Ville de Québec
418-641-6411, poste 1512