Tartan Day Marked in Style in Quebec

Tartan Day Marked in Style in Quebec
by Ted Gunn
On April 6th, Quebec Scots and some of their friends celebrated Tartan Day in rather good style at the National Assembly of the Quebec Government and at the Quebec City Hall. The activities of the day flowed smoothly and seemed to be enjoyed by those present. 

 

Our delegation included several members of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, representatives of community organizations, some clans, as well as Irish and French Canadian friends. Tartans were proudly displayed and they represented various clans: MacDonald, MacKay, MacLeod, Sinclair, Little, Hunter and Gunn as well as the tartans of the 78th Fraser Highlanders and the provinces of Quebec and Nova Scotia. 

At 9:45 AM, we were present in the balcony of the National Assembly when Mrs. Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, recognized our presence and made a short but very interesting speech regarding Tartan Day. She emphasized the contribution of the Scots to the social and cultural development of Quebec her text can be viewed here.  

The Question Period followed with the new President of the National Assembly, Jacques Chagnon, presiding over the debates. Then, we again gathered in the main lobby to chat and to have a photo session before proceeding up the grand stairway for lunch in the elegant restaurant Le Parlementaire. A Fraser Highlanders officer thanked Louise (Mrs Ted Gunn) and me for organizing the Tartan Day activities and in return, I expressed our appreciation to everyone for their presence. 

Frances Kelly, Michelle Morin-Doyle, Ted & Louise Gunn, and Captain Jacques MacKay. Photo courtesy of Slim Barsuto Lopez.

In mid-afternoon, we braved the cold and rather windy weather conditions for the walk over to City Hall for our final festivity. Upon arrival, Mrs. Michelle Morin-Doyle, Deputy Mayor of Quebec, welcomed us and made a few appropriate remarks. An officer of the 78th Fraser Highlanders raised the Scottish flag while another officer played the pipes. On behalf of our delegation, I thanked the Deputy Mayor for receiving us and for permitting the brief ceremony. The flag was then lowered and festivities over, we dispersed. 

Frances Kelly of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Michelle Morin-Doyle, Ted & Louise Gunn, and Captain Jacques MacKay. Photo  courtesy of Slim Barsuto Lopez.
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Event Notice – As an addition to the Tartan Day celebrations, the Fort St. Andrew’s Garrison of the 78th Fraser Highlanders has decided to stage for the public, a Pipes & Drums show as well as a military display for which there is no charge. This will take place on Sunday, April 17th from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM on the skating rink of the Amusement Park aux Galeries de la Capitale.

The Fraser Highlanders website can be found at www.78thfraser.ca.

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