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Canada 150 Kick Off

December 31, 2016 

Governor General to Participate in Canada 150 Kick Off 

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will celebrate New Year’s Eve and the launch of the 150th anniversary of Confederation by attending a national ceremony on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. The Governor General will deliver remarks on this occasion. 

“I look forward to joining thousands of Canadians on Parliament Hill on December 31st for this national celebration,” said His Excellency. “The 150th anniversary of Confederation offers us a rare, once-in-a-generation chance to think about Canada and to look to the future. Let’s seize this opportunity to innovate and to strengthen our country, and to continue to build a smarter, more caring Canada.” 

New Year’s Eve in Canada: “Road to Confederation,” a National Celebration is organized by the Department of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with Ottawa 2017. The event will be broadcast nationally on CBC/Radio-Canada. 


Media wishing to attend the event must contact the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

Media information

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell) 

Department of Canadian Heritage
Media Relations


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