Minister of State Kent Marks Guyana’s Independence Day

No. 142 - May 26, 2009 (4:50 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today congratulated the people of Guyana as they celebrate their country’s Independence Day.

“Canada salutes the people of Guyana as they mark their country’s independence,” said Minister of State Kent. “Canada and Guyana enjoy a long-standing, warm relationship based on our Commonwealth heritage, shared values and strong people-to-people links.”

The large Guyanese community in Canada is noted for its important economic and academic contributions to Canadian society, and for its vibrant culture. The community is always well represented and appreciated at Canada’s cultural festivals.

“During my recent trip to Guyana in February, I had the opportunity to work directly with my Guyanese counterparts to ensure that the excellent political, trade, investment, economic and cultural relationship we share will grow even closer in the years to come,” said Minister of State Kent.

Guyanese celebrate their Independence Day today in countries around the world, including Canada, home to many thousands of people of Guyanese origin.

For more information about Canada’s relations with Guyana, please visit the following web pages:

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Canadian International Development Agency

Canada’s High Commission to Guyana

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Office of the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas)
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