FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, today released the following statement on National Acadian Day:

“Today we celebrate North America’s oldest francophone community and all that it contributes to the culture and heritage of Canada. This year, my family and I will be attending the National Acadian Day Official Ceremony in Dieppe, New Brunswick.

“For over 130 years National Acadian Day has marked an important day to remember the French settlers who in the face of tremendous hardship, showed incredible resilience in founding Acadia, which included some of the earliest communities in what are now New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. To preserve their unique Acadian religious and cultural identity, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, August 15th, was chosen as the occasion for the national holiday.

“The strong retention of Acadian identity that helped them to overcome great odds serves as a source of pride and inspiration to all Canadians. Today we recognize how the Acadian community’s unique culture continues to make important contributions to our culture and society.

“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I wish all Canadians of Acadian descent a happy National Acadian Day”

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For more information:

Julie Pham
Julie.Pham@parl.gc.ca
(613) 947-9932