Newspaper article The Canadian Press

2014 Events as PEI Celebrates 150 Years since Fathers of Confederation Meeting

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

2014 Events as PEI Celebrates 150 Years since Fathers of Confederation Meeting

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P.E.I. celebrates as cradle of Confederation

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CHARLOTTETOWN - Prince Edward Island is planning a year-long party for 2014 to celebrate its role as the cradle of Confederation.

Canada's smallest province, on the country's East Coast, wants everyone to know that's where the idea of forming a country began.

2014 marks 150 years since the Charlottetown conference when the Fathers of Confederation met to begin planning what we would later know as Canada.

Leaders from P.E.I., New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and what are now Ontario and Quebec sat down on Sept. 1, 1864, and for the next eight days discussed the benefits of Confederation.

Around the table were names such as Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir Charles Tupper and Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley.

When the delegates left the Island, they departed with a blueprint for Confederation, which became reality three years later.

Now, Islanders want everyone to help celebrate the anniversary and learn more about how the country was formed.

"It's a huge celebration of P.E.I. and Canadian culture, 150 years in the making," said Premier Robert Ghiz.

"The whole province will be celebrating with everything from major concerts, theatre festivals, eco-tours, culinary events, sailing regattas, to the Celebration Zone in Charlottetown where you'll find free entertainment for the whole family every day over the summer," he said.

In fact, there are more than 150 different events planned across the province during the year.

Penny Walsh McGuire is executive director of PEI 2014, a not-for-profit organization whose role is to plan and co-ordinate the events.

"It is a yearlong celebration that kicks off on Dec. 31, 2013, with a New Year's Eve opening celebration -- a family-friendly, free outdoor concert in front of Province House, right down Great George Street, with fireworks," McGuire said.

Entertainment for the evening includes Rawlins Cross and the Island's own Megan Blanchard. …

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