Minister Cannon to Speak at 40th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

(No. 159 - May 11, 2010 - 1:40 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will deliver a keynote speech at the Council of the Americas’ 40th annual Washington Conference on the Americas on May 12, 2010, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

“The Council of the Americas and this conference are important forums for like-minded partners to promote regional prosperity, democratic governance and the rule of law throughout the Western Hemisphere,” said Minister Cannon. “It will be an honour to share the Canadian government’s views on Canada’s foreign-policy goals and commitments, particularly for 2010. This is our ‘international year,’ when Canada is hosting the G8 and the G20.”

The Council of the Americas is an international business organization whose members share a commitment to social and economic development throughout the Western Hemisphere.

“Canada’s vision for the Americas is one of a more prosperous, democratic and secure hemisphere that brings increasing stability and opportunity to its citizens,” added Minister Cannon. “Our own engagement in the region has the same objectives as the Council: increasing prosperity, enhancing security and promoting the core values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

While in Washington, Minister Cannon will also meet with members of the U.S. Congress and with Canadian and U.S. business leaders to advance Canadian priorities in the United States.

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