The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Rural Municipality of Taché
Thursday, August 17, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
Friends, Manitobans, creators of the setting of millions of future selfies – it’s a pleasure to join you in the centre of Canada.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
And we are gathered along an imaginary line that divides the eastern and western halves of our beautiful country.
This line – 98 degrees longitude, 48 minutes, 35 seconds – is, of course, invisible.
But it does in fact fall very close to a very real transition between east and west. Face east from here and you can make out the line where forest begins to close in around the highway and thousands of kilometres of boreal forest and Canadian shield begin.
Face west and you see the beginning of 1,500 kilometres of farmers’ fields, native grasses, flatlands and gently rolling hills.
No matter which direction you’re driving, this is a dramatic and thought-provoking transition.
Since the completion of the Trans-Canada Highway, generations of Canadians and visitors have driven past this point.
Some have been moving to start new jobs or new lives. Others have been hauling goods long distance from one part of this country to another. And many others have been taking in the sights and experiences Canada has to offer.
Now, thanks to the Rural Municipality of Taché and all of the donors to this project, travellers will have the opportunity to pause, take a photograph and contemplate this beautiful, diverse nation we call home.
This Canada 150 summer has inspired people from coast to coast to go for a classic Canadian road trip. So creating this park, this year, is a particularly appropriate way of celebrating our love for Canada.
And as Canada grows into its second 150 years, this park will grow along with it and find a place in the memories of future travellers in our great country.
I thank all of those who have worked to make this park possible and bring east and west together.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.