PM announces investments in Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada
12 January 2010
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced investments in Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada to restore and improve the site’s surrounding buildings and thus preserve an important chapter in Canadian history.“This investment is a great tribute to our long-lasting relationship with Ireland,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Many Canadian hopefuls lost their lives on this island, but those who survived contributed greatly to the foundation of our great country. By investing in projects to improve our historic sites, our government is fulfilling its duty to educate the public about events that have marked our history.” Grosse Île was a quarantine station for Québec City from 1832 to 1937. It served as the key point of entry for immigrants to Canada until the First World War. The history of the island is particularly marked by the events of the Great Irish Famine and the emigration of thousands of Irish men, women and children in 1847. The year 2009 marked the 100th anniversary of the Celtic cross, which was erected on the island in 1909 to commemorate the Irish immigrants who are buried at Grosse Île.
Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is making investments to protect and preserve national parks and historic sites across the country.