Mr. Speaker, on June 13, Abitibi will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the annexation of its territory to Quebec.
Until 1867, the Abitibi region was part of the Northwest Territories. Negotiations were then initiated between the provinces and the federal government concerning disposition of the northern regions of the country.
On June 13, 1898, the Canadian government gave a favourable response to the Quebec government's request, and the territories of Abitibi and Mistissini were annexed through legislation.
The matter took 25 years to bring to a conclusion, and as a result, Quebec acquired an additional 168,749 square kilometers.
This region, which is renowned for its mining and forestry activities, plays an important role in the economic history of Quebec and Canada.
My best wishes to all those who will be organizing activities throughout the summer to mark this important anniversary.