I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone celebrating the 100th anniversary of the City of Beaconsfield.
This milestone offers an ideal opportunity to reflect upon the history of your community. This part of the Island of Montreal was originally a seigneury granted to Jean de Guenet in 1678, who named it Beaurepaire, after the castle of Blancheflor in the tales of the Holy Grail. The settlement — later renamed in honour of Benjamin D’Israeli, the Earl of Beaconsfield — has come a long way since that time, as the first dwelling is believed to have been an illicit fur trading post. Incorporated in 1910, the citizens of Beaconsfield can look to its future with great optimism: with its small-town qualities and access to everything Montreal offers, Beaconsfield will undoubtedly continue to be a vibrant and thriving community.
I am sure that this anniversary will be enjoyed by all, and I join you in giving special thanks to the organizers of commemorative events being held throughout the year: you may be certain that your efforts and community spirit are appreciated. On behalf of the Government of Canada, please accept my best wishes for a memorable celebration, and for every future success.