Minister of State Kent Marks Brazil’s Independence Day

(No. 246 - September 7, 2009 - 3:40 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today congratulated the citizens of Brazil as they celebrate their country’s Independence Day:

"Canada extends warm regards to the Brazilian people as they mark the 187th anniversary of their independence. Brazilians can be rightfully proud of their country’s remarkable heritage, history and stunning natural beauty. Today, Brazil is a vibrant democracy and promising economic power.

"Canada values highly its dynamic and multi-faceted relationship with Brazil. This relationship is distinguished by cooperation in a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, health, international development, labour, defence, and science and technology innovation.

"The Canada-Brazil relationship has also been enhanced by the growing number of Brazilians now living in Canada. Festivities surrounding Independence Day are being celebrated at today’s Brazilian Day Canada event in Toronto. This will be a wonderful opportunity for Canadians to experience Brazil’s dynamic culture, music and food.

"Canada appreciates Brazil’s ongoing commitment and leadership in international peacekeeping efforts, particularly in the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti. As Canada pursues its vision of security, democracy and prosperity for the Americas, we look forward to working with Brazil, a key partner in the hemisphere, in achieving these goals."

For more information on Canada-Brazil relations, consult Fact Sheet and Brazil.

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