The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on National Acadian Day:
“On this National Acadian Day, I would like to pay homage to the Acadian people who, after having experienced the “Great Upheaval” of 1755, were able to maintain strong roots in Canada. They not only survived – but were able to keep their language, their traditions and their unique culture alive.
“The 2014 edition of the World Acadian Congress is currently underway, providing wonderful opportunities for important reunions. This year also marks the 130th anniversary of the designation of the Acadian flag – which has become a powerful symbol of the Acadian identity.
My wife Catherine and I are very pleased to once again have the opportunity to share in the festivities and to take part in the annual Tintamarre with Acadian families.
To all Acadians, near and far, happy Acadian Day!