Chong: Olympic torch will pass through riding

The Olympic torch relay will visit Halton Hills on December 19 and Wellington County on Dec. 28 – next year.

Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong has an­nounced that the Town of Hal­ton Hills, the Town of Erin and the Township of Guelph-Era­mosa will all host the Olympic Torch in December 2009.

The government of Canada, in conjunction with the Van­cou­ver 2010 organizing com­mittee, announced the official route of the Olympic Winter Games torch relay in late November.

“These are Canada’s Gam­es, and the torch relay will help showcase all of Canada to the world as it makes it way to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” said the Minister Responsible for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games Gary Lunn.

“The relay will go to every province and territory, all 13 capitals, in over 1,000 commu­ni­ties as it travels from Vic­toria to the North Pole, to St. John’s and back.”

Chong said, “Our govern­ment is bringing the Olympic Torch to as many Canadians as possible, with the promise to cele­brate our community’s tal­ents, history, and contributions to Canada.

“I look forward to celebrating with our commu­nities.”

The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will take place in Vancouver and Whistler from Feb. 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will also host the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21.

The Olympic Torch will journey through over a thous­and communities across Can­ada.

To find out how to be­come an Olympic torch bearer, or to find out more about the federal government’s contribution to the 2010 Olympic and Para­lympic Winter Games, contact Chong’s constituency office at 866-878-5556.