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August 21, 1998
Mayor Lastman opens 120th Exhibition
Mayor Mel Lastman today officially opened the 120th Canadian National Exhibition.

"When I was a boy growing up in the nearby Kensington Market, the Ex was the
highlight of my summer and something I looked forward to each year," said
Lastman. "I was thrilled to see royalty, prime ministers, premiers,
governor-generals and world famous entertainers open this great Canadian

"Today, I am even more thrilled because I have been given the honour to
maintain this tradition."

Lastman is proud of the rich heritage of the CNE in Toronto.

"The CNE is and has been for the last 120 years the window to the world for our
great city and our great country," said Lastman. "It is rich in tradition. It
is rich in history. It is an integral part of our Canada and our

"The Ex is synonymous with music, the arts, inventions, transportation,
communications, celebrations, sports and innovation."

Lastman noted that the telephone, phonograph records, streetcars and peanut
butter all made their Canadian debut at the Exhibition.

"Many of the things we take for granted in Canada today started at the Ex,"
said Lastman.

Media Contact
Jim Warren
Office of the Mayor
(416) 395-6482



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