Minister Cannon to Participate in Boundary Waters Treaty Centennial Celebration at Niagara Falls

(No. 157 - June 12, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will visit Niagara Falls, Ontario, on June 13, 2009, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Canada-U.S. Boundary Waters Treaty. Minister Cannon will join U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the official ceremony on the Rainbow Bridge.

“Canada congratulates the International Joint Commission on the historic occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty,” said Minister Cannon. “I am very proud to be participating in these centennial celebrations. The century-old treaty and the Commission is an excellent example of the strength of the collaboration that exists between our two great nations.”

Following the ceremony, Minister Cannon and Secretary Clinton will meet to discuss bilateral and international issues, including the global economic downturn and the risks of protectionism, water quality, cooperation in the Americas, and Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Recognized as the world’s first environmental agreement and a model of binational governance, the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty guides the Canadian and U.S. governments in their joint stewardship of the boundary waters. The centennial will focus on the rich legacy of Canada-U.S. cooperation, and the invaluable nature of the shared waters.

“The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater resource in North America and are fundamental to the well-being of one third of the population of Canada and one tenth of the population of the United States,” said Minister Cannon. “These inland waters are the largest system of fresh surface water in the world, and the foundation for billions of dollars in trade, shipping, tourism and recreation and other sectors. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have access to clean, safe and healthy water, that there is a reliable and secure supply of water, and that Canada’s water resources are used wisely, both economically and ecologically.”

Event: Speech
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT
Location: International Boundary of the Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls

Event: Joint Media Availability
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2009
Time: 12 :00 p.m. EDT
Location: Rainbow Bridge Promenade, Niagara Falls

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
international.gc.ca