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Press Releases 2006

October 10, 2006

For Immediate Release

Klees: German Pioneers Day celebrates

a major cultural chapter in Ontario history

(Queen's Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees, the PC Education and Citizenship & Immigration Critic, today made the following statement on the occasion of German Pioneers Day:

"On June 23, 2000, Ontario became the very first province to officially recognize the historic and ongoing contributions to our society of Canadians of German ancestry by proclaiming the day after Thanksgiving Day in each year as 'German Pioneers Day,' thanks to the legislative efforts of Wayne Wettlaufer, the former MPP for Kitchener Centre.

"In the 1820's, people of German origin made up a full 70 per cent of the entire population of Ontario . The earliest districts of Upper Canada or what is now Ontario reflected our province's strong German roots when, by Royal Proclamation on July 24, 1788, King George III named them as: Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nassau and Hesse .

"German Canadians founded Toronto and Markham and they built Yonge Street . They were also among the founding Fathers of Canada including William Steeves and Sir Charles Tupper who became Canada 's sixth Prime Minister. Other famous German Canadians include Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and former Governor General Ed Schreyer."

"As a proud German Canadian, and on behalf of the Ontario PC Caucus, I take this opportunity to congratulate our entire German Canadian community for its ongoing pivotal role in the historic and continuing development of Ontario , socially, culturally, economically and politically, on German Pioneers Day, 2006!"



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Frank Klees, MPP