Premier McGuinty Helps Celebrate New ROM
Support From Provincial Government Helps Make Ontario Yours To Discover
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty joined other dignitaries and thousands of visitors to celebrate the opening of the new Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
"The Royal Ontario Museum is one of our crown jewels," said Premier McGuinty. "It shines even brighter with the opening of the new crystal and helps make Ontario an even better place to live and visit."
The ROM is an agency of the Ministry of Culture and Canada's largest museum of natural history and world cultures. The Ontario government has contributed a total of $42 million dollars to the ROM's capital project.
The 175,000 square-foot, aluminum-and-glass-covered Michael Lee-Chin Crystal will contain seven permanent galleries. It is the centrepiece of the Renaissance ROM expansion project, which is projected to be complete in 2009.
"I want to thank the government and people of Ontario for making the dream of their new museum a reality," said William Thorsell, ROM's CEO. "The new Michael Lee-Chin Crystal is a symbol of Ontario's bright and vibrant future."
"We're fortunate in Ontario to have people who care deeply about the value of creativity, who explore the depth of our relationships to each other and who give expression to those things that make our people and our culture so special," said Premier McGuinty. "Our government will continue working together with the cultural sector to improve Ontario's quality of life and strengthen tourism."