Baird Statement on U.S. Independence Day

July 4, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird issued the following statement on U.S. Independence Day:

“On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the people of Canada, it gives me great pleasure to extend to the people of the United States our warmest wishes on the occasion of your Independence Day.

“Canada recognizes the significance of this year as the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. The end of that war marked the evolution of our relationship from one of rivalry to one of close international partnership.

“As family, neighbours and friends, we share a commitment to advancing democracy, human rights, the rule of law and prosperity around the world.

“May Americans and Canadians continue to take every opportunity to continue our cooperation toward making our region more prosperous and the world more secure.

“I wish you the very best on this day of celebration.”

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