Fes­tiv­i­ties galore mark Mon­treal’s 375th birth­day

Cape Breton Post - - News -

MON­TREAL – Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau paid trib­ute to Mon­treal’s founders and high­lighted the city’s cul­tural diver­sity on Wed­nes­day as he joined the fes­tiv­i­ties in hon­our of the city’s 375th birth­day.

“Its fran­co­phone roots, its in­dige­nous ori­gins, the con­tri­bu­tions of dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and peo­ple who come from all over the world to live here make it a city that is unique in its kind,” Trudeau said at a cer­e­mony hon­our­ing Jeanne Mance and Paul de Chomedey, the city’s founders.

Ear­lier, Trudeau and Premier Philippe Couil­lard at­tended a mass at the his­toric NotreDame Basil­ica, along with Mayor De­nis Coderre and sev­eral hun­dred other guests.

Church bells rang out across Mon­treal prior to the mass, which was in­tended to cel­e­brate the city’s re­li­gious diver­sity.

The birth­day fes­tiv­i­ties con­tin­ued through­out the day and were to cul­mi­nate with the night­time il­lu­mi­na­tion of the Jac­ques-Cartier Bridge.

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