Minister Cannon to Visit London and Paris, and Attend Community of Democracies Meeting in Krakow, Poland

(No. 204 - June 28, 2010 - 5 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will travel to London and Paris from June 29 to July 1, 2010, and attend the 10th Anniversary of the Community of Democracies conference taking place in Krakow, Poland, from July 2 to 4.

“I look forward to celebrating Canada Day with two of our closest friends and allies,” said Minister Cannon. “Canada-United Kingdom relations continue to benefit from frequent contact between all levels of government to share best practices in domestic governance in areas such as finance, health, justice, immigration and social policy, and to address issues of common concern.”

In London, Minister Cannon will meet with William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and speak at the Canada-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce’s annual Canada Day dinner, to be held on June 30.

In Paris on July 1, the Minister will meet with French government representatives and other key leaders and attend the Canadian embassy’s Canada Day reception.

“Canada and France work closely together in the area of foreign policy in many forums, such as La Francophonie, the G-8 and the United Nations,” said Minister Cannon. “We also closely collaborate on the ground, notably in Haiti and Afghanistan.”

In Krakow, Minister Cannon will deliver an address at the Community of Democracies’ high-level ministerial meeting. He will also open the session of the Working Group on Enabling and Protecting Civil Society, which Canada chairs.

“The Community of Democracies is an important forum for supporting and strengthening democracy around the world,” said Minister Cannon. “The Warsaw Declaration of the Community of Democracies, to which Canada is a signatory, is a clear endorsement of the universal values and principles of democracy.

“Poland is a great example of the progress that can be achieved on the road to democracy. Our two countries are strong partners in the promotion of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.”

While in Poland, the Minister plans to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Memorial on the site of the Nazi concentration and death camps.

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