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James Allum, MLA Fort Garry - Riverview
June 5, 2013

Doors Open Winnipeg

Mr. Speaker, as a Canadian historian and as a former archivist with the City of Winnipeg, I stand today to congratulate Heritage Winnipeg Corporation on the success of the 10th anniversary of Doors Open Winnipeg. First celebrated in France in 1984, Doors Open days is now a global phenomenon. At no cost, this event promotes heritage and architecture to a wide audience by providing access to unique buildings usually restricted to the public.

Mr. Speaker, Doors Open Winnipeg was held May 25th and 26th with more than 80 buildings and sites featured, each one emphasizing the extraordinary beauty and rich history found in this city. I know Heritage Winnipeg was very pleased with the success of this year's events. Since 2004, Doors Open Winnipeg boasts more than a quarter of a million visits. Each year there are more visitors, volunteers, participating venues and walking tours.

I would like to make special mention of the two venues located in Fort Garry-Riverview: Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre and first time participant St. John's-Ravenscourt. Both venues are major tourist draws. The museum boasts a replica of Streetcar 356 and interactive children's displays. And SJR, whose royal patron is Her Majesty the Queen, delivers an enriched university preparatory curriculum in a history-rich setting.

Also, Mr. Speaker, Manitoba's Legislative Building is a regular participant in Doors Open. Reputed to be one of the finest public buildings in North America, the Manitoba Legislative Building is one of the province's priceless heritage buildings.

As the culture capital of Canada, I am proud that we, together, celebrate all that Winnipeg has to offer. Without Doors Open, Mr. Speaker, many of the stunning architectural gems found in our amazing provincial capital would likely go unnoticed and underappreciated.

Thank you to Heritage Winnipeg for supporting deeper interest in and understanding our city's past. By bringing the community together you strengthen our collective identity and enrich our lives.

Thank you.