Festivities galore mark Montreal’s 375th birthday
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.