Reminder - Baird to Present Third Annual Diefenbaker Award

October 30, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, accompanied by Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, will present this year’s John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award.

The award ceremony will be followed by a brief media availability.

The Diefenbaker Award was created in 2010 to honour individuals or groups who show exceptional courage and leadership in defending human rights and freedom. The award was named in recognition of former prime minister John Diefenbaker, who during his time in office championed human rights both in Canada and around the world. His determination to secure rights for all led to the passage of the Canadian Bill of Rights in 1960.

Event: Remarks, media availability and photo opportunity
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Noon PT
Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
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