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Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

June 24, 2014

Message from the Governor General of Canada
on the Occasion of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

OTTAWA—The roots of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day reach far into the ancient heart of the summer solstice. In its modern incarnation, this day is a time for Francophone Canadians to celebrate and proudly embrace their unique heritage.

It is also a time to recognize the thousands of exceptional members of the Francophone community who achieve greatness and who give of themselves for the greater good: philanthropists, artists, leaders, innovators and visionaries, to name but a few. Their contributions help to make communities, the province of Quebec and this entire country a smarter and more caring place to live.

I wish everyone a joyous and delightful day.


David Johnston



Media information:
Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office


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