Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Clock's Ticking: 150 Days until the Start of Canada's 150th Anniversary Party

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Clock's Ticking: 150 Days until the Start of Canada's 150th Anniversary Party

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Marking 150 days to start of Canada's 150th

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GATINEAU, Que. - Canada is 150 days away from the launch of a year-long celebration to mark its 150th anniversary.

Across the country, Liberal MPs kicked off the countdown today that will culminate with the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

In Gatineau, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly marked the occasion at the Canadian Museum of History with a ceremony filled with pomp: dancers, spoken-word artists, poets and other artists.

Joly says she wants Canadians to work together to make 2017 a "historic" and "landmark" year that will leave a lasting legacy.

She says the aim is to get communities excited about the anniversary and encourage all Canadians to get involved in organizing activities in their communities.

The federal government has budgeted $210 million for all projects and events related to the anniversary. …

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