Statement by Minister Baird on Commonwealth Day

March 12, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Today, Canada celebrates its heritage as a proud member of the Commonwealth.

“Commonwealth Day is an opportunity to honour our history, to demonstrate our unwavering allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to mark the peaceful development of our independent democratic institutions.

“This year’s Commonwealth Day is a special one since it launches the Commonwealth’s celebrations of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee honouring her 60 year reign as head of the Commonwealth.

“Canada is proud to be a part of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group and to be a leader in Commonwealth reform, with the Honourable Senator Hugh Segal as Canada’s special envoy.

“During my visit to the United Kingdom earlier this year, I spoke before members of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and called on Commonwealth member states to promote and protect the rights of all people, to defend the vulnerable and to give voice to the voiceless.

“I am pleased to join with Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast and the 2 billion people around the world in reflecting on our common heritage, and celebrating the theme for this year’s Commonwealth Day: Connecting Cultures.”

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