Minister Cannon Extends St. Patrick’s Day Wishes

(No. 107 – March 17, 2010 – 7:50 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today offered the people of Ireland, as well as all those of Irish descent in Canada, best wishes on St. Patrick’s Day.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a day to honour the enduring relationship that Canada and Ireland share,” said Minister Cannon. “Our relationship is based on historical ties and a strong commitment to democracy and respect for human rights.

“Canada has been notably enriched by the efforts of Irish-Canadians who have contributed over many years to the economic, social and political development of this country. My own ancestors were among the millions of Irish who immigrated to Canada.”

“This St. Patrick’s Day we also celebrate last month’s signing of the Northern Ireland Hillsborough Agreement, which devolves policing and justice powers to the Northern Ireland Executive. This vital step in the long journey toward peace in Northern Ireland reflects the steadfast commitment by Northern Ireland’s political leadership and all partners in the peace process to work together in the spirit of mutual respect and equality.

“The Irish people have a long and rich history in Canada dating back to the earliest days of European settlement in North America. The roots they planted in Canada run deep, and the Irish have prospered and grown as a community in Canada.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate the rich legacy of literature, theatre and music that Ireland has given to Canada and the world,” said Minister Cannon. “It is also a time for Ireland and all of its friends to salute the past, present and future accomplishments of a proud nation and people.”

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