Prime Minister Stephen Harper today visited Bonhomme Carnaval, the official mascot of the 59th Quebec Winter Carnival, at his iconic Ice Palace. He was accompanied by Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City.
"The Quebec Winter Carnival has been a landmark celebration for many years, showcasing the rich heritage and beauty of Quebec City in the winter time," said the Prime Minister. "I am pleased to be here on the opening day of this spectacular event. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I want to thank the organizers for putting on such a wonderful celebration, and I wish everyone a great Carnival."
The Quebec Winter Carnival - which officially began in 1955 - attracts visitors from all over Canada and abroad, and is a first rate social and tourism event that showcases the character and splendor of Quebec City in the winter time. The Carnival is best known for its parades - led by Bonhomme Carnaval - the Ice Palace, the snow sculptures, and activities based on the traditional winter activities in Quebec, such as canoe and dogsled races.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting marquee events across the country promoting our culture. Support for this year's Carnival was provided through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program and through Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.