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Liberal MPP brings Canada Day picnic to Queen's Park

Last Updated Jun 28, 2019 at 8:29 am EST

Queen's Park in Toronto as seen in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS/Hugues Cormier

There will be a Canada Day party at Queen’s Park after all.

Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter has reserved the front lawn of the provincial legislature from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 1.

Hunter said she’s throwing an “old-fashioned picnic” to celebrate the country’s 152nd birthday, complete with free ice cream, a live DJ, and children’s activities.

“We are determined to continue our Canadian tradition and let the people show how they feel about a year of cuts, lackluster decision-making and political chaos incited by the Ford government,” Hunter said in a statement.

“Ford can’t stop Canada Day! This government has one job —- to serve the people of Ontario. Cancelling Canada Day at Queen’s Park is a disservice to the families, friends and well-wishers who travel from near and far to enjoy Canada Day in Ontario’s capital.”

The Ford government decided to cancel the official Queen’s Park Canada Day party, citing declining attendance.

Instead, they are offering free admission to the first 500 visitors at the following 10 attractions:

  • Fort William Historical Park (Thunder Bay)
  • Huronia Historical Parks (Midland and Penetanguishene)
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Vaughan)
  • Butterfly Conservatory – Niagara Parks Commission (Niagara)
  • Ontario Science Centre (Toronto)
  • Cinesphere – Ontario Place (Toronto)
  • Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington)
  • Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)
  • Science North (Sudbury)
  • St. Lawrence Parks Commission (St. Lawrence Region)