Exactly two years from today (April 28th, 1967) the Universal and International Exhibition of 1967(referred to briefly as EXPO '67) will open on St.
MS Clock on the Peace Tower of the Parliament Buildings, Ottawa.
CS Regimental Band playing.
CS left to right Pan of guests, diplomats from some of the participating countries, representatives of industry and EXPO officials, to the Hon. Mitchell Sharp, Minister of Trade and Commerce and the Federal Minister responsible for EXPO.
LS Runners and crowd listening to speech.
MS Side angle Mr. Sharp and guests.
CS Guests - Pan left to right to Mr. Sharp.
CS Mr. Sharp lights torch.
MS Runners up receive torch, runner shakes hands, turns and they run off.
CS Pan left to right, torch bearer and escorts through streets
CS Torch bearer hands over to next runner.
CS Following torch bearer along highway to Montreal.
MS Spectators waiting along Lakeshore Road of Montreal Island.
LS Spectators as torch bearer runs up and passes.
CS Reverse -- following torch bearer along highway.
CS Torch bearer running
Aerial Skyscrapers in downtown Montreal
Aerial across St. Helen's Island from new Mackay pier and bridge, over Jacques Cartier Bridge to EXPO '67 site.
EXPO '67 sign
pan right to left, Messrs. Shaw, Drapeau and others arrive
CS Flags of participating nations.
CS Crowd applauding.
LS Pan right to left -- runner and escorts (representing 10 Provinces of Canada and Northwest Territories) arrive.
MS Torch handed to Mr. Jean-Luc Pepin (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce, representing Federal Government), who passed it to the Hon. Gerard D. Levesque, Minister of Industry and Commerce, representing the Province of Quebec; to His Worship Jean Drapeau, Mayor of Montreal; to Mr. Robert F. Shaw, Deputy Commissioner General of the Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition.
MLS Mr. Shaw up to light urn.
MS Reverse of Mr. Shaw lighting flame at urn.
MLS Mr. Shaw finishes at urn and EXPO flag is run up.
LS Rockets - 1 for each participating country - being set off.
LS Rockets explode in sky.
MS Messrs. Shaw, Drapeau, Levesque, Pepin pull cord to unveil flag from countdown sign.
MS Flag is pulled off countdown sign.
MS Pan left to right crowd applauding.
CS Mr. Shaw at rostrum.
MLS Mayor Drapeau up to rostrum.
CS Mayor Drapeau at rostrum.
CS Mr. Levesque at rostrum.
CS Mr. Pepin at rostrum.
MS Runners turn and run off.
MS Messrs. Shaw, Drapeau, Levesque, Pepin, pan right to left to countdown calendar sign.
CS Flags of nations.
CS Flame on urn and EXPO flag.
There are at least 25 more countries actively negotiating.
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Background: Exactly two years from today (April 28th, 1967) the Universal and International Exhibition of 1967(referred to briefly as EXPO '67) will open on St. Helen's Island, Montreal, the site of the second ceremony covered in our footage, at what has been referred to as the "Venice of Canada".
The theme of the Exhibition is "MAN AND HIS WORLD". In the last two years, this unique island site has been a beehive of activity as the work of preparing the site for the event taking place in Canada's Centennial Year goes on -- the reclamation of land from the river to enlarge St. Helen's Island, joining and enlarging two existing small islands to make the new Notre Dame Island alongside the St. Lawrence Seaway, the building of a mile long jetty at Mackay pier and bridge to connect the islands with the Island of Montreal, the construction of municipal services, etc., which has changed the entire physical appearance of the Port of Montreal and the St. Lawrence River.
Forty-seven nations and numerous industries, etc., have now announced participation in the exhibition, and many more are negotiating for space. Now, as EXPO'S work progresses, the critical path of the exhibition has been reached -- 730 days left to have everything ready for opening day.
The first of the two ceremonies held to draw attention to opening day was held on the steps of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday night, April 27th when, surrounded by representatives of the diplomatic corps from some of the participating countries, representative of private exhibitors, and officials concerned, the Hon. Mitchell Sharp, Minister of Trade and Commerce and the Federal Minister responsible for the Exhibition, lit a torch which was handed to the first of many runners from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario and the College Militaire Royale at St. Johns, Quebec. In all, about 65 cadets took part in the 135 mile run. For the ceremonies in Ottawa and Montreal, the runner was escorted by 10 cadets representing the ten Provinces of Canada and the Northwest Territories.
A representative group of the runners arrived at 11 a.m., April 28th, at the platform erected on the soccer field of St. Helen's Island to start off the brief ceremony. Seated on the rostrum were representatives from the three Governments concerned -- Federal, Mr. Jean-Luc Pepin, (Parliamentary Assistant to Mr. Mitchell Sharpe, the Minister of Trade and Commerce); Provincial, the Hon. Gerard D. Levesque, (Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Province of Quebec); Municipal, His Worship Jean Drapeau, (Mayor of the city of Montreal) -- Mr. Robert F. Shaw, Deputy Commissioner General of the Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition; and other EXPO officials. In turn, the torch was handed by the runner (accompanied by his escorts) to the representatives of the Federal, Provincial and City Governments and finally to Mr. Shaw who ignited the urn - a flame which will burn until the Expo doors open. Rockets were set off representing each of the participating nations which have to date agreed to participate in EXPO '67. Then the countdown ceremony began of unveiling the sign indicating that there were 730 days left until opening day. Speeches were made by the various Government representatives.
As Mr. Sharp said in his remarks, EXPO '67 will show the best of the world to Canada, and the best of Canada to the world. Canadian exhibits will depict "the special kind of life we have created here on the northern part of the continent".
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES IN THE UNIVERSAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF 1967
GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
REPUBLIC OF CHINA
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS
There are at least 25 more countries actively negotiating.