Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark the Fête nationale du Québec:
“Every year on June 24, Québécois celebrate the Fête nationale du Québec, and Francophones across Canada join them in marking Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.
“Canadians from coast to coast to coast take pride in our country’s vibrant French culture. French is not only the founding language of our country, but also one of our two national languages, spoken by close to 10 million people in Canada and central to our identity as a creative, diverse and successful society.
“The many gatherings and festivities taking place today allow us to appreciate how Québécois and Francophone heritage have contributed to building a united and prosperous Canada.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my best wishes to everyone celebrating the Fête nationale du Québec and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.”