P.E.I. scores big on Diamond Jubilee celebrations
Only Ontario is receiving more money than P.E.I. from Ottawa to fund celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
Canada's smallest province is getting just under $170,000 for picnics, teas and concerts, cornering almost 10 per cent of the $2 million budget for community celebrations from Canadian Heritage.
"I think P.E.I.'s heart is still beating monarchy," said Joeanne Roche, special events co-ordinator for the eastern P.E.I. town of Souris.
Souris got close to $7,000 for a royal picnic in CN park, where 423 people will spread blankets on Victoria Day. Picnickers will enjoy a free lunch served up in a thermal picnic bag with an ice pack both which they get to keep.
"An afternoon of fun, and just celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee," said Roche.
Canadian Heritage said yes to all but one of P.E.I.'s 14 applications.
The Town of Alberton got $500 for its tea party, also on Victoria Day. Mayor Michael Murphy also asked for $300 to plant trees and shrubs for a living memorial at the town hall, but Canadian Heritage turned that request down.
"It just seemed a good idea to commemorate the anniversary and get what we needed done as well," said Murphy.
The living commemoration to Queen Elizabeth will still happen. The provincial nursery is donating the plants, and the town will put up a plaque.
In total, Ottawa is spending about $7.5 million on Jubilee celebrations.
In addition to the $2 million budget for community celebrations, $75,000 has been spent on paper Canadian flags, more than $50,000 for lapel pins, and more than $100,000 on a commemorative book called Crown of Maples.