Transportation and Works
December 7, 2017

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Transportation and Works:

Minister Crocker Invites Public to Attend Christmas Lights Across Canada Ceremony

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in this Honourable House to invite the public to join us for the 31st annual Christmas Lights Across Canada ceremony happening this evening on Confederation Hill.

The event begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the main lobby of Confederation Building, East Block. Every year, cities across Canada participate in this event by simultaneously lighting beautiful displays of Christmas lights for all to enjoy.

Here in St. John’s tonight we will illuminate a total of 60,000 LED lights on Confederation Hill and along Prince Philip Drive.

We’ll hear festive music from the St. Andrew’s Elementary School Choir and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band. There will be hot chocolate, cookies and other refreshments, and when the moment comes to switch on our lights, the Premier will join six-year old Emma King and family as they push the button to light the display and officially begin the holiday season in our province.

The King family reside in Victoria – a community located within my district of Carbonear - Trinity - Bay de Verde – and are former guests of Ronald McDonald House Charities Newfoundland and Labrador.

Emma and her parents Stephen and Sherry are big supporters of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and in fact Emma just hosted 65 fellow princesses for a fundraising tea party, held at Persalvic Elementary School. We are certainly pleased to have them join us here today and for our special event tonight.

Mr. Speaker, I encourage all to join us this evening. The holiday season is a wonderful time of year for spending time with family and friends. Our Christmas Lights Across Canada ceremony is a perfect way to start celebrating the season.

On behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, best wishes to all for a safe and joyous holiday season and a happy New Year.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

2017 12 07                              1:55 p.m.