At the Ireland Fund of Canada St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon. TORONTO, ON, MARCH 16, 2007 -The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the GTA, on behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, announced today that Canada’s New Government will contribute $500,000 to the Ireland Park Foundation to develop a series of projects to commemorate Irish Immigrants to Ontario and Canada. This announcement was shortly followed by Mr Dick Roche, Minister for the Environment in Ireland. He announced that the Irish government will match the Canadian Government’s donation, thus totalling government support of $1million CD.
“Our government believes that it is a worthy project that will provide generations of Irish Canadians with a place of honour and remembrance,” said Minister Flaherty. “It will be a place where children can come to learn about their ancestry and get a sense of the strength and courage demonstrated by those who came before us.””With this contribution, residents of Toronto and visitors to the city will be able to learn more about the history of the Irish immigration to Canada,” said Minister Baird, the federal minister responsible for the Toronto Waterfront. “The development of IrelandPark will be another step on the path away from waterfront industrialization and towards a vibrant waterfront all Canadians can be proud of.”