Statement in the House of Commons – Winterfest
February 3, 2012 – Mr. Merv Tweed (Brandon—Souris, CPC): Madam Speaker, this weekend Brandon will celebrate the ninth annual Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival. This festival is a multicultural celebration of all that the great constituency of Brandon–Souris has to offer. The cultures represented at the festival this year include: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, English, first nations, French Canadian, German, Irish, Métis, Scottish; Ukrainian; and, for the first time the festival will feature pavilions for Mauritius and the U.S.A.
Last year, 60,000 visitors attended Winterfest and the organizing committee is expecting even more this year.
I want to congratulate the committee and the many volunteers who make it such an outstanding event. I wish to recognize the executive of this year’s festival: Esther Bryan, Hope Roberts, Nick Vandale, Charlotte Tosch, Dorothy McHarg, Walter Gibbons and Elaine Arvisais. Without these dedicated individuals and many other volunteers this event would not be possible.
Brandon-Souris is well-known for its hospitality and amazing community spirit. Our government is proud to support the Winterfest. I invite all Canadians to hop on a plane, train or automobile to come to Brandon for Winterfest.