Consul General Hale VanKoughnett and Mrs. Diane VanKoughnett welcomed colleagues and friends at the annual Consulate Independence Day reception. Held in one of the historic buildings in Quebec’s Old Port district, the event brought together federal, provincial, and municipal representatives and members of business, academic, and cultural communities.
In his remarks, Consul General VanKoughnett highlighted the close links between the U.S. and Canada and invited attendees to celebrate American Independence and the lasting friendship between the two countries. He made specific reference to the historical events that occurred right outside the building, when American troops under officers Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold attempted to take the city from the British in December 1775.
During the evening, guests enjoyed a diversified rockabilly repertoire performed by Melvis and the Jive Cats.