Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce that, to mark the arrival of the third millennium, a scouting jamboree will be held from December 27, 1999 to January 5, 2000. The Jam des Neiges will bring together in the capital, Quebec City, on the Plains of Abraham, 10,000 scouts, both boys and girls, aged 14 to 18, from all over the world.
The scope of this winter camping event is a world first. We will be paying tribute to the world scouting movement by hosting young people from Europe, Africa, the United States, South America, Canada and Quebec.
The Jam des Neiges will house participants in five huge villages, each accommodating about 2,000. The scouts will be involved in some one hundred different activities, games, workshops, presentations, exhibits and exchanges.
Every day for 10 days, more than 45,000 meals will be served, and nearly 15,000 participants and volunteers will visit museums, movie theaters, observatories, outdoor centres, ski centres and other sports facilities.
The Jam des Neiges will be a unique event, and a major challenge. Let us prepare to welcome it.