Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled
The City of Saint John is one of Canada’s most historic cities, being Canada’s First Incorporated City in 1785;
The Port of Saint John has been involved with world-wide commerce since the 1630s;
Our Port having been designated as “Canada’s Winter Port” in 1896, and in 1927, at the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation, having been designated a “National Port”;
Partridge Island, being the site of New Brunswick’s first and Canada’s third navigational aids station (1791), Saint John’s front line of defense (1791 to 1945) and having been the site of a quarantine station from 1830 to 1942, providing services to mariners, Canadian residents/citizens and immigrants; and
As one of Canada's major ports, we recognize the importance of the founding cultures of our Country: the First Nations, French, English, and other ethnic communities from around the world.
We, the undersigned, Residents of Saint John-Rothesay and of New Brunswick and other communities in Canada, call upon the Minister of Canadian Heritage to support the designation of the Port of Saint John as Canada’s first National Historic Seaport, and also the designation of Partridge Island's Navigational Aids Station and its Military Fortifications, the Guardian at the entrance of the Port of Saint John, as National Historic Sites.
Such designations will recognize the significant roles the Port of Saint John and Partridge Island have played in the historical development of Canada over the past four centuries.
Such recognition will provide the residents of Saint John-Rothesay, citizens of New Brunswick, and visitors to our City and Province, with an understanding of the pivotal role played by the Port of Saint John and Partridge Island in our nation’s history.
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