Member of Parliament Earl Dreeshen Meets with Central Albertans to Discuss Canada’s 150th Anniversary

January 22, 2014

RED DEER, AB — Earl Dreeshen, MP for Red Deer, today held a roundtable consultation with Central Albertans on how they would like to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

“Today’s discussion served to reinforce how much we have to celebrate as Canadians and how important our history and our heritage is.” said Dreeshen. “What I heard clearly is that we want a celebration that reflects who we are as Canadians, where we came from, and what we can give back.”

The meeting brought together local historians, museums and long-time community volunteers for a high level discussion aimed at setting the framework for the Federal Government’s involvement in the 2017 celebration. The meeting is part of a network of roundtable discussions that are taking place from coast to coast to coast.

In the coming years, on the Road to 2017, celebrations will mark key historic milestones that have defined our country. In 2014, commemorations will include the centennial of the start of the First World War, the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, the bicentennial of Sir George-Étienne Cartier's birth and the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences.

“I would like to thank everyone who attended today’s discussion for their ideas and insight,” added Dreeshen. “I encourage all Central Albertans to take part in the consultation process and have your say in shaping the 2017 celebrations. “

Constituents interested in shaping the 150th anniversary celebrations are encouraged to submit ideas to Dreeshen’s office at earl.dreeshen.c1@parl.gc.ca or by completing an online questionnaire at Canada.ca/150.