Saturday April 19, 2014

Have your say on 150th celebration, MP says

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The country is gearing up for its biggest celebration of nationhood since the 1967 centennial year.

Over the next four years, through a federal program called Road to 2017, celebrations will mark key historic milestones that have defined Canada in the 150 years since its founding in 1867.

MP Cathy McLeod is inviting constituents to have their say on ways to celebrate the occasion.

“As we plan for Canada’s 150th anniversary, we want a celebration that reflects who we are as Canadians, where we came from, and what we can give back,” McLeod said in a news release on Thursday.

For Canadians too young to have experienced the many celebrations of the country’s first century in 1967, this will be a first opportunity to participate in a major milestone celebration, she noted.

“For those of us who witnessed and participated in the centennial celebrations n 1967, this will mark 50 years since that important commemoration,” she added.

Ottawa plans extensive consultations. At the same time, Canadians are invited to participate in the process though an online questionnaire at or These sites also offer background information and an online forum.

Next year, commemorations will include the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War, the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, the bicentennial of Sir George-Etienne Cartier’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Quebec conferences.

In 2015, the country marks 200 years since the birth of founding Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald and 50 years since adoption of the Maple Leaf as the national flag.

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