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Lauzon remembers Mr. Canada in the House of Commons

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Lauzon remembers Mr. Canada in the House of Commons
Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry made the following statement in the House of Commons yesterday: Mr. Speaker, I have some very sad news to tell this House. Cornwall's own “Mr. Canada” has died. Norm Lalonde, who single-handedly began Canada Day festivities in Cornwall, has unfortunately passed away.
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Ottawa - Oct. 26, 2011 - Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry made the following statement in the House of Commons yesterday:

“Mr. Speaker, I have some very sad news to tell this House. Cornwall's own “Mr. Canada” has died. Norm Lalonde, who single-handedly began Canada Day festivities in Cornwall, has unfortunately passed away.

In the early 1970s, Norm took it upon himself to celebrate Canada's birthday. He gathered together about 200 residents, cooked some hot dogs, let off some fireworks, and led everyone in the singing of Canada's national anthem.

From that very humble beginning, Norm grew this event into one of the largest celebrations in eastern Ontario. Today, crowds of 25,000 to 30,000 proud Canadians regularly turn up at Lamoureux Park on July 1st every year to celebrate Canada's birthday.

We owe all this to “Mr. Canada”, as Norm is affectionately known in Cornwall.

Our condolences go out to his wife and greatest supporter, Thérèse, and his children, David, Patricia, Stephen and Norm Jr.

God bless Mr. Canada.”


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